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social engineering

the application of the findings of social science to the solution of actual social problems.
Origin of social engineering
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social engineer, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The organization of sound economic groups is a problem in the field of social engineering.

    The Next Step Scott Nearing
  • Household engineering is the great need for material welfare, and social engineering for moral and ethical well-being.

  • There is, however, a special need for some social engineering which can initiate Boarding Homes for the Elderly.

    The Family and it's Members Anna Garlin Spencer
  • The changes that continue to affect the society are more the result of economic growth than of social engineering.

    Area Handbook for Bulgaria Eugene K. Keefe, Violeta D. Baluyut, William Giloane, Anne K. Long, James M. Moore, and Neda A. Walpole
British Dictionary definitions for social engineering

social engineering

the manipulation of the social position and function of individuals in order to manage change in a society
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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social engineering in Technology

jargon, security
A term used among crackers and samurai for cracking techniques that rely on weaknesses in wetware rather than software; the aim is to trick people into revealing passwords or other information that compromises a target system's security. Classic scams include phoning up a mark who has the required information and posing as a field service tech or a fellow employee with an urgent access problem. See also the tiger team story in the patch entry.
[Jargon File]

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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