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What is Tailgaiting?

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Tailgaiting (sometimes referred to as Slipstreaming or Piggybacking) is when at attacker gains access to a physical location by quite literally entering without permission behind a person with authorised access. The attacker will often play to the human desire to be helpful and may come to an entrance close behind someone whilst carrying something which doesn’t allow them to open the door or use their security pass, and then the unwitting victim will give them access. Once inside the target business the attacker will have access to public areas as well as restricted areas where they could very quickly and easily download data or insert an infected device in to a machine thus infecting entire systems. Tailgaiting is often used when attackers are targeting shared buildings or those with contractors carrying out works where doors may be propped open.

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