Threat Language: Cognitive Exploitation in Social Engineering

Handoko, Handoko Anggreini Waskito and Putri, Dwi (2019) Threat Language: Cognitive Exploitation in Social Engineering. In: ICONSHEL 2018, 5-6 September 2018, Padang, Indonesia.

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Social engineering aims to elicit sensitive information by using various manipulation approach to exploit the victim. The increasing of social communication platform such as email, messenger, facebook, linkedin, researchgate, combined with the social psychology and cognitive linguistics become a new weapon to attack either personal or even institutional targets. This paper explores the language used by the attacker to expose psychological threat to elicit sensitive information and to direct the victim to execute the certain action. The data are taken from emails which contain threat language. This paper illustrates how an attacker uses threat language to perform social engineering. The analysis is based on social engineering attack classification (Mouton, 2016) and cognitive pragmatics (Bara, 2010). The result shows rather than using persuasive approach, the attacker uses the threat to exploit cognitive process in thinking and decision making. Moreover the research also found pattern of a social engineer email: warning, threat, and enhancement.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: language threat cognitive linguistics social engineering exploitation
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Depositing User: EAI Editor IV
Date Deposited: 14 Dec 2021 12:38
Last Modified: 14 Dec 2021 12:38

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