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.
It's way too full of filler. A good editor could cut out at least 50% of this book.
At the risk of redundancy...make it shorter!
computer like voice.
No. It was really too much "fluff" as it is.
If you are really interested in the topic, you will probably make it through this book...but if you aren't really interested, I'll bet $10 you won't make it all the way through. It's a tough slog at times.
I wanted an introductory book into social engineering, and this book does this job perfectly. There is an explanation of all the sides of the art, and direction for further info if you're interested to dive deeper into anything in particular.
Many examples / real stories makes this listen even easier to follow. Would recommend this audio to anyone.
Additionally, I've discovered that like most people, I was stupid enough to have the same password / user-name on many sites. And how easy it is for anyone (unfriendly, or just bored) to mess up my life. Well, not anymore... or at least not that easy. That alone definitely worth a "credit".
Very solid story and illustrative explanations on Social Engineering. I would rate this a 9 out of 10 on explanation of the subject matter. Voice acting was pleasant and continued well throughout the audio book.
No real characters as this was more of a manual of methods than a true story, but it did have small stories to illustrate Social Engineering points.
The stories of the 10 million dollar bank heist.
Yes, it was that good. Unfortunately, life gets in the way.
Would like a British female voice as an option to listen to this book. There is just something sexy about that and it compliments the subject.
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I first became aware of the concept of Social Engineering when I read “Ghost in the Wires” and I was blown away! It was very exciting – that guy has GUTS!
I wanted to read more about the technique, not necessarily with the goal of learning how to social-engineer people in mind, but rather to try and recognize the signs so I can detect if ever I am being social-engineered!
This book is quite thorough and there is no denying the material is interesting, but I found it too long. There was too much “telling me about what I’m about to read” which I found completely redundant and annoying. Don’t tell me about what you are going to write, just write it and let me read it!!
Aside from that complaint, the book had me hooked.
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.
I could have been listening to a different book, by some other author, being read by another narrator.
No. Just this author.
The book was boring enough as-is. The narrator's relentless monotone was not helping.
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.
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.
offered a refund.
Book should have been more concise - as it is the book is way to repetitive to be enjoyable.
Maybe. If I really wanted to hear the story. But he certainly is not one of my favourite narrators based on this book. But than again he didn't have much to work with.
Each chapter could have been cut by 50-60%
must read now
Very informative about real problems that social engineering and how they do what they do best. Makes me fear for those who are more worried about what the stories were about instead of what he was trying to teach you.
Not bad did a pretty good job
Yes, I did - i laughed at how ignorant people (including myself) are in some of the situations.
This book has more to it that trying to teach you to be a social engineer... if you want to defeat your enemy, you need to know your enemy, and that is exactly what I got from this book! If you dont like the book because of the stories I doubt your thinking... I mean seriously read the title of the book.
"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.
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