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The Art of Deception Audiobook
The Art of Deception
Written by: 
Kevin Mitnick
Narrated by: 
Nick Sullivan
The Art of Deception Audiobook

The Art of Deception: Controlling the Human Element of Security

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Publisher's Summary

The world's most infamous hacker offers an insider's view of the low-tech threats to high-tech security. Kevin Mitnick's exploits as a cyber-desperado and fugitive form one of the most exhaustive FBI manhunts in history and have spawned dozens of articles, books, films, and documentaries. Since his release from federal prison, in 1998, Mitnick has turned his life around and established himself as one of the most sought-after computer security experts worldwide. Now, in The Art of Deception, the world's most notorious hacker gives new meaning to the old adage, "It takes a thief to catch a thief."

Focusing on the human factors involved with information security, Mitnick explains why all the firewalls and encryption protocols in the world will never be enough to stop a savvy grifter intent on rifling a corporate database or an irate employee determined to crash a system. With the help of many fascinating true stories of successful attacks on business and government, he illustrates just how susceptible even the most locked-down information systems are to a slick con artist impersonating an IRS agent.

Narrating from the points of view of both the attacker and the victims, he explains why each attack was so successful and how it could have been prevented in an engaging and highly readable style reminiscent of a true-crime novel. And, perhaps most importantly, Mitnick offers advice for preventing these types of social engineering hacks through security protocols, training programs, and manuals that address the human element of security.

Download the accompanying reference guide.

©2003 Kevin D. Mitnick; (P)2009 Audible, Inc.

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    Lisa Francis 06-06-15
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    "Dated for today's world"

    Much of what is discussed was fine...for 2002. I loved "Ghost in the Wires" and many, if not most of the anecdotes in this book were also used in "Ghost". "Ghost in the Wires" was far more entertaining and relayed much of the same information.

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    John Imprint 05-28-15 Member Since 2014
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    "More of an instruction manual than a story"

    Gives instructions on how not to get social engineered. Not as enjoyable as "Ghost in the Wires".

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    Reverend 05-10-15
    Reverend 05-10-15 Member Since 2014
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    "good information"
    Would you listen to The Art of Deception again? Why?

    yes. i would give it a second listen to refresh what i have learned or missed in the first reading.


    Any additional comments?

    this book has some interesting techniques. i dont know how old it is or if it is outdated information.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mary Hirsch Denver, CO 04-12-15
    Mary Hirsch Denver, CO 04-12-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Useful - this is what security is really about"
    Any additional comments?

    Most security focuses on making the system "un-hackable" by invasive programmers. That is NOT the biggest problem! It makes no difference how the door is barred ... because your own people will unknowingly let the enemy inside.

    This book tells how the enemy does it. Corporations especially won't want to know that smart technology cannot overcome the human element. :) The book explains how only well-prepared people can keep the most damaging predators at bay.

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    Nathaniel K. Thompson 04-10-15

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    "Liked ghost in the wires more"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I just could not get into this book like I did Ghost in the wires, i listened to it twice and the second time wasnt any easier than the first, Its hard to explain


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes


    Did The Art of Deception inspire you to do anything?

    No


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    Russ Salt Lake City, UT, United States 03-27-15
    Russ Salt Lake City, UT, United States 03-27-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Interesting tales, but it's almost like a textbook"

    The accounts given in this book are pretty amazing - they closely resemble the accounts given in Mitnick's "Ghost in the Wires", which are also interesting. The main point of this book, however, is that no organization with human beings as members is ever completely safe. While it lists numerous ways to help mitigate some of the issues, we're still never going to be able to secure anything completely.

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    William O. Alexandria, VA 03-24-15
    William O. Alexandria, VA 03-24-15 Member Since 2014

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    "Old but nonetheless good information"

    Old but nonetheless good information. Very repetitive at the end. Could have condensed chapter 16 greatly. Helpful though even in today's world.

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    KerPow Mapleton, UT 03-03-15
    KerPow Mapleton, UT 03-03-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Good Psychology, Bad Narration"
    Any additional comments?

    This book is essentially a series of vignettes about people who con other people into giving away personal information. The other reviewers may be right that the technology is outdated, but the psychology isn't. I've enjoyed it, even though it does seem to hammer in the same points over and over again.

    I don't think the narrator is well-paired with the book. I don't think his voice is bad, exactly. Just that it might be more suitable for fiction. Sometimes, I felt like he felt he was reading out of a phone book.

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    john Battery Point, Australia 01-24-15
    john Battery Point, Australia 01-24-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Required reading"

    If you have a leadership role in security this is a book you need to read.

    The first 80% are illuminating and entertaining case studies. Great to listen to.

    The last portion are policy guidelines and if you are going to be in a position to deploy them get a print version for that part.

    Performance is of the normal high standard Audible is famous for.

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    M D Baxter 01-14-13
    M D Baxter 01-14-13 Member Since 2015

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    "Well Written and Well Performed"
    What did you love best about The Art of Deception?

    This book is a great book for anyone who wants to know about social engineering. It is a must read/listen for any corp security manager or IT or IS manager.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

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    Have you listened to any of Nick Sullivan’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

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