How does eavesdropping lead a victim to  provide personal information?


Eavesdropping can lead a victim to provide personal information by exploiting their trust, curiosity, or fear. For example:

  • An attacker may impersonate a legitimate entity or person, such as a bank, a government agency, or a friend, and ask the victim to provide personal information, such as passwords, credit card numbers, or social security numbers. This is a form of phishing.
  • An attacker may send an email or a message to the victim with a deceptive link or an attachment that claims to offer something of interest, such as a prize, a discount, or a news article. If the victim clicks on the link or opens the attachment, they may be directed to a fake website or install malware that can steal their personal information. This is also a form of phishing.
  • An attacker may threaten the victim with harm or blackmail if they do not provide personal information or pay a ransom. The attacker may claim to have access to the victim’s computer, webcam, or online accounts, and use some personal information or evidence to make the threat more credible. This is a form of ransomware or extortion.
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Davneet Singh has done his B.Tech from Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur. He has been teaching from the past 14 years. He provides courses for Maths, Science, Social Science, Physics, Chemistry, Computer Science at Teachoo.