Friend/Follow/Connect to targets of interest
A form of social engineering designed build trust and to lay the foundation for future interactions or attacks. 
Similar Techniques by Tactic
|Persona Development||Friend/Follow/Connect to targets of interest|
Detectable by Common Defenses (Yes/No/Partial): No
Explanation: Users have the ability to detect and report non-authenticated individuals requesting to follow, friend or connect to a target. However the rigidity in validating the users is not typically followed by standard users.
Difficulty for the Adversary
Easy for the Adversary (Yes/No): Yes
Explanation: Connecting with "friends" is a fundamental requirement for social media - without it, social media is worthless. An adversary can easily create a profile and request targets to validate the requests.
- Thomas Ryan. (2010). “Getting In Bed with Robin Sage.”. Retrieved March 6, 2017.