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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.

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

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    M. Woon Ann Arbor, MI United States 05-12-13
    M. Woon Ann Arbor, MI United States 05-12-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Only one type of deception..."
    Any additional comments?

    You can read the entire book here: Two decades ago you could call people at work, claim to be someone else, ask for their help, and with a little piece of information trick someone else to get their secrets. Everything is about the phone and "hacking" phone lines, with no technical explanations. Oh, and there is some good advice on not downloading unusual email attachments. Once you hear the first two hours, you've heard it all. I returned it after 6 hours.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Mike CORONA, CA, United States 08-06-12
    Mike CORONA, CA, United States 08-06-12 Listener Since 2006
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    "Poor Narrator - ZZZZZzzzzzzz!"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    This is the first book I have ever stopped listening to before finishing. The narrator was just soooo boring - it was like he was reading a text book.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Kevin Mitnick? Why or why not?

    I did read his other book Ghost in the Wires and it was fantastic - in fact that's the reason I decided to buy this book.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    He was very, very monotone and boring. No excitement or inflection in his voice at points where there clearly should have been.


    Did The Art of Deception inspire you to do anything?

    Yes - listen to a different book - any other book.


    Any additional comments?

    It's too bad they didn't use the same narrator from Ghost in the Wires - that narrator really had Mitnick down pat.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Farley West Salem, WI, United States 06-09-15
    Farley West Salem, WI, United States 06-09-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Read this OR "Ghost in the Wires""

    If you are interested in Kevin Mitnick's story and want the entertaining version, read "Ghost in the Wires". This book is good, but more specific to the needs of a company trying to prevent the types of attacks Kevin did back in the day. I read this second and don't have a role in the company's security, so this book was a let down. Not because it isn't a good book, just not what I needed. Great book as a manual for security!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dan 10-04-10
    Dan 10-04-10 Member Since 2017
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    "memory lane"

    This book is a fun read (listen) with story after story mostly about how people get tricked into giving up passwords or dial up modem numbers. Some of the tricks would still work, but most would not in modern enterprises. This book does not come close to fully describing a modern threat landscape. I work in InfoSec, and found this to be an excellent history lesson, with a few instances and situations where the human element of security threats still exist, such as the types of scams run to gain physical access.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Gregory Gooch 06-24-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Super important in the 21st century"

    Really enjoyed the concept. With technology constantly evolving you have to be vigilant. Kevin's examples and explanations were well placed and informative.

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    Eagle1 10-11-16
    Eagle1 10-11-16
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    "Needs updatibg"

    Material is aged and needs updating. Overall concept is good, gets the point across, but the age of the stories takes away from the overall value.

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    @K_Speckmann 09-05-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Be Aware and Prepare your Most Valuable Asset..."

    I do recommend this book to Leaders and Senior responsible staff in any, no, all Organizations. Social Engineering in its malicious form is s prevalent threat to the security of organizations. Your most valuable asset, People, are the target, but also your greatest Alliance member! Invest - in People!
    The author provides numerous examples in story form. He explains the threat, defines lingo, and provides valuable Policy examples to form the basis of a company's security posture and training.
    Psychology buffs like me might remain a bit disappointed, but the author rightly refers to other seminal works such as Cialdini's Influence. My reading list has some examples for those interested.
    Oh, one hint: This may be one book you also want a hardcopy on your shelf for policy reference ease.
    Thank you, Mr Mitnick.

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    Bailey World Traveller 03-04-16
    Bailey World Traveller 03-04-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Great book, monotonous ending."

    Overall, the book is full of interesting stories of espionage. The ending reads like a check list though; how to insulate your company against attack in bullet point format.
    Definitely worth ready, when the last hour or so starts, you can skip it if you don't intent to follow the list.

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    Christopher Anderson 07-29-15
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    "More Of A Textbook With Boring Narration"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    First of all, change the narrator. Boring.


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

    I think the premise in this book was captured better in his other book, Ghost in the Wires. This is more of a textbook version, without all the drama of the biography.


    Could you see The Art of Deception being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No, although Ghost in the Wires could be.


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    John Imprint 05-28-15
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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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  • Mr. S. Riley
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    "interesting but repetitive..."

    I was expecting more from this book but I have a background in IT Security and maybe that clouded my judgement. The target audience is not the InfoSec community but middle management.

    The books contained many simplistic examples, with a few teases of information around potential social engineering resources (mainly US examples) but started to get very repetitive offering only high level solutions (e.g. have a security policy).

    My advice - Once you've read the first few chapters you can put this book down and get on with your life. The book serves a purpose to highlight to the clueless how easily you can be convinced to part with information but I would imagine it would start to feel like a broken record to most readers.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Trevor
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    "Interesting Read"

    If you are going to read something, the pick the other title, Ghost in the Wires. That is absolutely excellent where as this by comparison is a sanitised version. The first half of the book is quite interesting with lots of examples of social engineers in action, but you are left thinking that they are all engineered stories. I did spot a few that were listed in Ghost in the Wires, but others seem manufactured to make a point. The second half of the book is largely missable. Had it been a book, I don't think I'd have got past the 75% mark as its a list of policies designed for operations and security teams to sure up their systems. Yes there's a place for it, and perhaps when this book was written it was groundbreaking stuff, but the narration is so monotone its hard going. I bought this one based solely on how good Ghost in the Wires is. My advice, read that one, it has all this and more.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Glyn Cash
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    1/24/16
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    "dated"

    2016 review. now very dated. informative but nothing groundbreaking by today's knowledge base. just using up my credits.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Christian Edwards
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    "Same story but in a very generic presentation,."

    Didn't finish it but it has the same story as 'Ghost in the Wires' but given in a less detailed business like factual way. only for IT Managers.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ryan Law
    5/17/17
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    "Ok"

    I did love this book... until I got to the last chapter... I realise the physical book must be organised in a way professionals can search policies when needed but 2-3 hours of policies drags out.
    I sped it up to 2.5X speed and still skipped most of it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Alev Haddadieh
    United Kingdom
    12/30/15
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    "A real eye opener"

    I would highly recommend this book is a real eye opener. How easy for prof to deceive one!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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