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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.

Download the accompanying reference guide.

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

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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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    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
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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.

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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
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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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    Will O. Alexandria, VA 03-24-15
    Will 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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