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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 2015

    Media development, video and audio editing, vision and direction.

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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.

    7 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.


    5 of 5 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 2007
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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".


    8 of 9 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.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Anton 06-04-15
    Anton 06-04-15
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    "Too much bravado, many words and boring overall"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The topic can be explained with less terms and less words about how smart the author is compared to others. Boring overall. Kevin Mitnick's and Bruce Schneier's are way more engaging and fun.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Simone 07-24-13
    Simone 07-24-13 Member Since 2015

    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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    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


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    Glen 07-31-15
    Glen 07-31-15 Member Since 2015
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    "worthless"

    Natalie was ok but not the best I've heard. but the book was just dumb. worm primarily for security testers, out is a compilation of dumbed down interpretations of studies, some of which are shotty to begin with. I expected instructions on things like group dynamics, conflict resolution, motivating others, and persuasion. instead every chapter discusses one of the main topics of useless pop pseudo psychology and go he used it in his career as a security expert.

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    Audun 07-14-15
    Audun 07-14-15 Member Since 2015
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    Narrator was good and it was alot of interesting info. Recommended for tech dudes! Some computer knowledge is good to have

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    07-14-15
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    "Waste of time"

    Read Wikipedia directly and save yourself from these platitudes. No valuable or unique insights provided for anyone with more than zero previous knowledge.

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  • Elija Button
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    12/23/12
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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.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Rainer
    7/24/15
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stephen
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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