So how did Google and 30 other large companies get hacked? (See our blog post: Google Attacks Highlight Growing Problem of Cyber Security Threats.) Part of the answer is that the attackers duped everyone from system administrators with access to passwords to executives with access to intellectual property and other information, according to a report in the Washington Post. Social engineering attacks, where the cybercriminals take advantage of gullibility and other human weaknesses to gain illegitimate access to sensitive information, have becoming an increasingly common component of cybercriminal attack.
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