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Social Engineering: The Art of Human Hacking | [Christopher Hadnagy, Paul Wilson (foreword)]

Social Engineering: The Art of Human Hacking

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 than to exert the effort of hacking.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

This audiobook

  • Examines social engineering, the Science & Technology of influencing a target to perform a desired task or divulge information;
  • Arms you with invaluable information about the many methods of trickery that hackers use in order to gather information with the intent of executing identity theft, fraud, or gaining computer system access; and
  • Reveals vital steps for preventing 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.

Download the accompanying reference guide.

©2011 Christopher Hadnagy (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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    Robert Woodlock Montreal 10-02-12
    Robert Woodlock Montreal 10-02-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Great book on Social Engineering"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, Great book on Social Engineering, Mr Hadnagy go indepth and reviews the techniques used by social engineers to penetrate businesses with some great case studies at the end, esp how the IRS was hacked.. If your into ITSEC, great book to read/listen


    What did you like best about this story?

    The case studies, and the tools and methods explained


    What about A. T. Chandler’s performance did you like?

    Keeps you interested


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, who has the time


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Emile 04-05-13
    Emile 04-05-13
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    "Do not waist your time"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Social Engineering is written no better than a giant hacker text that can readily be found over the Internet for free. The author obviously still mixes with hacker circles and appears to have written the book as a way to claim he "literally wrote the book on social engineering."

    Chandler drops names like Paul Ekman to show he has taken time to explore research in the field of influence and persuasion. He dedicates a large part of a chapter to Ekman's Facial Action Coding System, but since he has no credentials whatsoever, the reader is expected to take his word that he has developed a proficiency in using it.

    He assumes that dropping terms like neurolinguistic programming and microexpressions makes the book somehow all-inclusive, but he does not appear to know of other leading social scientists in the field such as Daniel Kahneman and Robert Cialdini.

    Lastly, Chandler repeatedly cites Wikipedia as if it is a valid source for a book. Wikipedia may work for hacker texts but not for professional books. In sum, Chandler provides nothing original whatsoever in the book, cites a few credible sources as if that gives him the credentials, and repeatedly cites Wikipedia.

    If you are one of the author's hacker buddies, go read this book. Otherwise, stick to real sources and leave this one alone.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment


    3 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Mark 07-27-14
    Mark 07-27-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Shallow and overly verbose"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    People with too much time on their hands


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Maximum Influence


    Which scene was your favorite?

    the chapter on non-verbal cues


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    boredom


    Any additional comments?

    Not much interesting content. You'd be better off just reading the website. Writing style is: "here's what I am about to tell you about, here is why I am telling you about it, content, here is what I just told you about".

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Moody 05-28-13
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    "Disjointed and useless"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Nice title too bad the book wasn't about Social Engineering. I felt that the author didn't know what the term Social Engineering was, he decided it was whatever he was talking about at the time. I won't get the time I wasted back and didn't bother finishing it.


    What could Christopher Hadnagy and Paul Wilson (foreword) have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    offered a refund.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    avoid.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Scott South Burlington, VT, United States 10-17-13
    Scott South Burlington, VT, United States 10-17-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Plodding, pedantic ... dull"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I could have been listening to a different book, by some other author, being read by another narrator.


    Has Social Engineering: The Art of Human Hacking turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No. Just this author.


    What didn’t you like about A. T. Chandler’s performance?

    The book was boring enough as-is. The narrator's relentless monotone was not helping.


    Any additional comments?

    The whole affair just reeked of an undergraduate sociology paper where the author is primarily interested in "word count." I've written quite a few of these, I just didn't expect the reader to pay for them.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sean BELVEDERE TIBURON, CA, United States 09-11-12
    Sean BELVEDERE TIBURON, CA, United States 09-11-12 Member Since 2009
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    "A manual for planning an attack"

    I was hoping for a book that discusses the science and practice of social engineering. This manual details step by step instructions about how to attack a company or person.

    Sin taxes, public health campaigns and 401k opt out plans are all examples of how default human behavior can be used to increase government revenue, change risky behaviors and help people save for their retirement. The current administration believes strongly in these measures so I was hoping for a book that discussed them.

    However, the author is only interested in detailing how to plan an episode of corporate espionage or identity theft. After an overly long introduction--he spends 75 minutes telling you what he's going to tell you--he lays out the various steps of planning an attack. He litters the trite, cliche-ridden text with phrases like "this would be a good way to get a malicious file on a secretary's computer" or "here's how to trick people into clicking a link that will download a virus."

    He tries to deflect criticism by saying he wants people to read the book to understand how they might be vulnerable, but that is clearly not the intent and the book has a sleazy feel to it.

    1 of 6 people found this review helpful
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