Senin, 24 Februari 2020

What is the difference between "Hacking" and "Social Engineering"?

As the development of digital technology, the term hacking or hacking and social engineering or social engineering is widely discussed, following the news of the depletion of a number of people in their digital wallet accounts.


According to adult clinical psychologist, Dessy Ilsanty, social engineering is not always associated with negativity.

" Social engineering is when one person or a small group of people do something that is then followed by many people," said Dessy in Jakarta.

So that social engineering is often done to influence people, for example when the new MRT is operating, the concept of social engineering was once an idea to move passengers to queue up and use the MRT.

However, the concept becomes different when accompanied by the word attack behind it, which means that in the activity there are elements of psychological manipulation that can harm others, such as revealing confidential information.

According to Dessy, everyone can be affected by social engineering with a negative charge, so education is the key so as not to become a victim of these negative activities.

"From elementary school children to parents, from the rich to the poor, men and women are all possible. Everyone who is exposed to the internet all becomes vulnerable," Dessy said.

As the development of digital technology, the term hacking or hacking and social engineering or social engineering is widely discussed, following the news of the depletion of a number of people in their digital wallet accounts.

According to adult clinical psychologist, Dessy Ilsanty, social engineering is not always associated with negativity.

" Social engineering is when one person or a small group of people do something that is then followed by many people," said Dessy in Jakarta.

So that social engineering is often done to influence people, for example when the new MRT is operating, the concept of social engineering was once an idea to move passengers to queue up and use the MRT.

However, the concept becomes different when accompanied by the word attack behind it, which means that in the activity there are elements of psychological manipulation that can harm others, such as revealing confidential information.

According to Dessy, everyone can be affected by social engineering with a negative charge, so education is the key so as not to become a victim of these negative activities.

"From elementary school children to parents, from the rich to the poor, men and women are all possible. Everyone who is exposed to the internet all becomes vulnerable," Dessy said.


Social engineering is generally carried out by telephone or the internet, without relying on the operating system, platform, protocol, software or hardware, the offender only manipulates the psychological victim.

Psychological manipulation, according to Dessy, can occur because of human nature, such as resprocrokal, when treated well it will behave well, as well as commitment and consistency, human tendency to say yes to help when in a state of urgency.

Meanwhile, the Head of the Swiss German University Lab, Deputy Head of the Masters Program on Information Technology, Charles Lim, explained in the hacking that it means the hacker successfully disrupted the system to retrieve data or display something that was not supposed to.

"The system was hacked, technological components and processes were attacked," Charles said.

"Hacking is the same as doing social engineering. It is very different. Hacking is the system, whereas social engineering utilizes human weaknesses to achieve goals," he continued.

He further said that there are three components in cyber security, namely people, process and technology, where humans are the weakest components in cyber security that are targeted by criminal offenders.

"The simplest thing is that we as people using technology must begin to realize that we are being targeted," Charles said.

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