The first book to reveal and dissect the technical aspect of many social engineering maneuvers...
From elicitation, pretexting, influence, and manipulation, all aspects of social engineering are picked apart, discussed, and explained by using real world examples, personal experience, and the Science & Technology behind them to unraveled the mystery in social engineering.
Kevin Mitnick - one of the most famous social engineers in the world - popularized the term social engineering. He explained that it is much easier to trick someone into revealing a password for a system than to exert the effort of hacking into the system. Mitnick claims that this social engineering tactic was the single-most effective method in his arsenal. This indispensable book examines a variety of maneuvers that are aimed at deceiving unsuspecting victims, while it also addresses ways to prevent social engineering threats.
Social Engineering: The Art of Human Hacking does its part to prepare you against nefarious hackers. Now you can do your part by putting to good use the critical information this audiobook provides.
©2011 Christopher Hadnagy (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
This book covers a lot of information around social engineering. Many different facets were outlined from an auditor and preventative perspective. It mostly outlines how to utilize social engineering from a pen test standpoint but at the same time. The teaching can also be used to teach folks what to look for.
Great book/great read
The author is well known for his knowledge and has authored other books as well.
Concepts I heard already a decade ago in selling and NLP. Almost nothing new presented under just a catchy title. Story is too self-centered, like look at me doing this and that. First two chapters are about what the book is going to be about, so a lot of time and space are wasted. Couldn't finish.
Probably in the distant future, but this book repeated a lot of concepts as it is.
Yes. It's important to keep abreast of how you or your organization can be exploited in the modern world.
All I ask of non-fiction narrators is to present the information as-is without being distracting. I feel like he mostly did that. At times he sounded a bit robotic; this was actually my first Audible audio book, and I initially wondered if they had used a computer program to narrate the book. But I wouldn't say it was distracting. Shoot... sometimes I talk like a robot.
This could totally be some Discovery Channel or TruTV series with no-name actors playing the roles of the malicious social engineers or hired auditors and victims. Kind of like the one crime show called "I Almost Got Away With It."
I gave it as long as I could, but when I started hearing "con man," or "a@@hole" every time the narrator said "social engineer" I knew I had wasted my latest credit.
The narrator did a great job reading the book to the tone of its message. The content of the book were fairly well explained and detailed where needed. Additional detail could be found on your own if needed
The content's relation to real world experiences.
This book gives important information on how to secure company and personal data. It's a book on deep psychology and hacking methods used by security personnel and bad guys. Very informative and interesting.
I found the reader spoke too slowly for me, so I increased the speed to 1.25%. This is the first time I have needed to do this for an audiobook.
"YOU MUST READ THIS BOOK... OR YOU WILL DIE"
I'm a security professional, mainly working with computers, but physical security factors a fair bit in my day-to-day activities too. Social Engineering is one of those modern names for the oldest form of attack, something that we are all capable of doing and also capable of falling foul to. Pretexting is used in literature and film all the time to get the story moving; undercover cops, turncoats, spies and double agents, and insider trading are all roles that rely on the ability of the character to engineer social situations to their benefit - and this is no different in real life. The author is a proven expert in social engineering and his involvement in The Real Hustle is testament to his ability to fool people into doing something he wants them to for his benefit. This is not a me me me book, like the Mitnick books in the same genre, instead this really is an exposition of the social science of hacking the human, with all the psychology and rationale explained perfectly for the layman. After reading this you will be better equipped to see through the fraudsters, better engage with salesmen and get the price you want for that rug down the local market. This is a must read if you are in any way interested in this topic, whether as layman or professional. Five stars.
"The need to be aware before all is lost"
found the book informative and very interesting. must read for security conscious people .
"Human hacking 101 sums it up"
I didn't really know what to expect from this book. In the introduction they say that the book is aimed at the people who have to test security measures for companies and so or people who are just interested to learn about it so they can adjust their security measures, i.e. the 'good ones'. Throughout this book I always felt that this is actually rather a summary of stories how to exploit niceness. The verdict always seemed to be that the key to trick people into doing what the social engineer wanted was by exploiting their niceness, by using the secretary's pity he got her to plug in his malicious USB drive and so on. In the end the message for me was that we all can be tricked by others because we all try to be nice to others.
I thought the book overall was interesting, some of the stories he tells are really fascinating. I did not like the message too much, but I reckon that it is the only conclusion you can draw from his experiences.
"A must-reas for all ethical hackers"
This audiobook present social engineering techniques that should make you question your own security programmes. If you are responsible for securing your organisation then this audiobook should form part of armoury.
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