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Jason A. Mills

San Jose, CA United States
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  • Social Engineering: The Art of Human Hacking

  • By: Paul Wilson (foreword), Christopher Hadnagy
  • Narrated by: A. T. Chandler
  • Length: 14 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 934
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 832
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 831

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.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Very Interesting, Very Detailed, Very Long.

  • By Simone on 07-24-13

Good, with some gaps

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-12-17

I liked the book overall, but there are some gaps regarding liability, privacy, etc…which often come across as afterthoughts, and in a few places, outright flippant. An engagement contract with an employer as “client” won’t (legally) cover many of the actions he proposes to undertake against individual employees of that client.

The narrator also mispronounces a number of things (N M A P vs. ennmap, G U I vs. gooey, etc…) which can be a bit jarring.

  • Animals in Translation

  • Using the Mysteries of Autism to Decode Animal Behavior
  • By: Temple Grandin, Catherine Johnson
  • Narrated by: Andrea Gallo
  • Length: 14 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 179
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 160
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 160

Temple Grandin’s professional training as an animal scientist and her history as a person with autism have given her a perspective like that of no other expert in the field. Grandin and coauthor Catherine Johnson present their powerful theory that autistic people can often think the way animals think—putting autistic people in the perfect position to translate “animal talk.”

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful, but I have a bone to pick...

  • By Tango on 05-06-13

Had to stop before halfway, so bad.

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-01-17

I cannot recommend this book to anyone. Bizarre hypothesis after bizarre hypothesis supported by cherry-picked research references or sample size N=1, I made it a bit more than 3 chapters in and gave up.

Lots of "Here's a wild unsubstantiated hypothesis…", with a late "… but I could be wrong." buried pages later.

Really too bad, I quite liked a number of Mme. Grandin's other works, and didn't have these sorts of qualms with them. :-(

Voice actor (Mme. Gallo) made a valiant effort to take the work seriously, so props to her.