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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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    Doug TUSTIN, CA, United States 12-08-12
    Doug TUSTIN, CA, United States 12-08-12 Member Since 2012

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    "Social Engineering Savvy"
    Where does Social Engineering: The Art of Human Hacking rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The stories of the 10 million dollar bank heist.


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

    Yes, it was that good. Unfortunately, life gets in the way.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    T. Combs 10-24-12
    T. Combs 10-24-12
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    "Some interesting content"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    It's way too full of filler. A good editor could cut out at least 50% of this book.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    At the risk of redundancy...make it shorter!


    What three words best describe A. T. Chandler’s performance?

    computer like voice.


    Do you think Social Engineering: The Art of Human Hacking needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No. It was really too much "fluff" as it is.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Reviewerforall! 03-15-14
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    "Very good"
    What made the experience of listening to Social Engineering: The Art of Human Hacking the most enjoyable?

    Just very good, that is all, you will learn a lot about how to protect yourself from criminals. Hopefully you're not a criminal reading this book, in this case don't read it little twat.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Max Manalapan, NJ, United States 09-11-12
    Max Manalapan, NJ, United States 09-11-12 Member Since 2002
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    "Very nice introduction to social engineering"
    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    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".


    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    stephen Cheltenham, PA, United States 12-26-13
    stephen Cheltenham, PA, United States 12-26-13 Member Since 2013

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    "The keys to the kingdom"
    Where does Social Engineering: The Art of Human Hacking rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book was very eye opening to what can be done to the human mind


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Social Engineering: The Art of Human Hacking?

    When I understood how to intact the principals of the book


    If you could give Social Engineering: The Art of Human Hacking a new subtitle, what would it be?

    Keys to the kingdom


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Simone 07-24-13
    Simone 07-24-13 Member Since 2006

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    "Very Interesting, Very Detailed, Very Long."

    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.

    1 of 1 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 0 people found this review helpful
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    Werner South Guildford, Australia 03-21-13
    Werner South Guildford, Australia 03-21-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Some interesting points but way too long"
    What would have made Social Engineering: The Art of Human Hacking better?

    Book should have been more concise - as it is the book is way to repetitive to be enjoyable.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    No sure


    Would you be willing to try another one of A. T. Chandler’s performances?

    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.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Social Engineering: The Art of Human Hacking?

    Each chapter could have been cut by 50-60%


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    Peter 01-06-13
    Peter 01-06-13
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    "Good info but presented poorly"

    Useful info but poorly written. Enldlessly mentions repeated page quotes in a painful manner. Unfortunately narators voice does not help (boring monotone)

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    Patrick Broomfield, Colorado, United States 11-07-12
    Patrick Broomfield, Colorado, United States 11-07-12
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    "This pins what the big deal is about!!!"
    If you could sum up Social Engineering: The Art of Human Hacking in three words, what would they be?

    must read now


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


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

    Not bad did a pretty good job


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes, I did - i laughed at how ignorant people (including myself) are in some of the situations.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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  • Elija Button
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    "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.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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