“Getting to Know You”: Confirming Target Suitability

  • James F. KennyEmail author


Before committing to the attack, an aggressor will often attempt to confirm the suitability of a potential target. At this stage in the victimization process, the aggressor needs to determine that the potential target will pose minimal risk and present maximum opportunity for success. Good reconnaissance can confirm whether the potential target is unwilling or incapable of fighting back and susceptible to attacks to their self-esteem. The aggressor may deploy deceptive tactics to minimize suspicion while they secure the necessary information. Some of the most common tactics include testing the target’s resolve, interviewing the target for information, probing for vulnerabilities and access, and researching social media.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Fairleigh Dickinson UniversityTeaneckUSA

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