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This is an attack which does not really take place by tech­nical, but by psy­cho­log­ical means. It is a wide-spread method of snooping on con­fi­den­tial infor­ma­tion. This always tar­gets humans. To obtain such con­fi­den­tial infor­ma­tion, it is not only people’s credulity and help­ful­ness which are being exploited, but also their inse­cu­ri­ties. Any­thing from faked tele­phone calls to people pre­tending to be someone else and phishing attacks is possible.