Social Engineering: The Science of Human Hacking

Social Engineering: The Science of Human Hacking

Harden the human firewall against the most current threats Social Engineering: The Science of Human Hacking reveals the craftier side of the hacker?s repertoire?why hack into something when you could just ask for access? Undetectable by firewalls and antivirus software, social engineering relies on human fault to gain access to sensitive spaces; in this book, renowned expert Christopher Hadnagy explains the most commonly-used techniques that fool even the most robust security personnel, and shows you how these techniques have been used in the past. The way that we make decisions as humans affects everything from our emotions to our security. Hackers, since the beginning of time, have figured out ways to exploit that decision making process and get you to take an action not in your best interest. This new Second Edition has been updated with the most current methods used by sharing stories, examples, and scientific study behind how those decisions are exploited. Networks and systems can be hacked, but they can also be protected; when the ?system? in question is a human being, there is no software to fall back on, no hardware upgrade, no code that can lock information down indefinitely. Human nature and emotion is the secret weapon of the malicious social engineering, and this book shows you how to recognize, predict, and prevent this type of manipulation by taking you inside the social engineer?s bag of tricks. Examine the most common social engineering tricks used to gain access Discover which popular techniques generally don?t work in the real world Examine how our understanding of the science behind emotions and decisions can be used by social engineers Learn how social engineering factors into some of the biggest recent headlines Learn how to use these skills as a professional social engineer and secure your company Adopt effective counter-measures to keep hackers at bay By working from the social engineer?s playbook, you gain the advantage of foresight that can help you protect yourself and others from even their best efforts. Social Engineering gives you the inside information you need to mount an unshakeable defense.

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Chris Hadnagy’s new book Social Engineering: The Science of Human Hacking is a great read for anyone interested in the subject of social engineering. Kevin is an author, speaker, and consultant.

The hacker’s most reliable techniques can be used to strengthen the defense.

The human element is the weakest link in the fortress of defense. Both good and bad hackers use a specific set of tricks to gain access to sensitive information, using human hacking techniques to convince people to hand over passwords, wire large sums of money, and willingly commit other acts that are not in their own best interests. The science of human hacking is called social engineering. The human hacker’s skill set helps security professionals identify and fix their own system’s weaknesses. Beginning with an in-depth exploration of communication modeling, tribe mentality, observational skills, manipulation, and other basics, the discussion moves on to actionable guidance for identifying, fighting, and preventing such attacks in your own organization.

Christopher Hadnagy’s updated second edition provides fresh insight into the latest social engineering trends and enduring classics, as well as his own real-world experiences. This book dives into how humans can be influenced to make compromising decisions, including how to guidance on elicitation, pretexting, information gathering, tail-gating, shoulder surfing, and much more.

In the 70’s, I used social engineering to obtain free bus rides as an adolescent, intercepting NSA phone calls in high school, and finally compromising any system of interest as a young adult. The pursuit of knowledge, challenge, and the seduction of adventure was my motivation.

I still think social engineering is the best way to conduct penetration testing. I’m not alone. Nation states, criminal hackers, and hacktivists use the same tactics to disrupt businesses to steal money and/or proprietary information, and in some cases even change the course of a country’s election. It’s not like it’s like it’s like it’s like it’s like it’s like it’s like it’s like it’s like it’s like it’s like it’s like it’s like it’s like it Kevin Mitnick is a person. The text refers to the paperback edition.

About the Author

His name is Christopher Hoofy. He is the CEO and Chief Human Hacker of Social-Engineer, as well as the lead developer and creator of the world’s first social engineering framework found at social-engineer.org. He is the founder and creator of the Social Engineering Village, as well as the creator of the popular Social Engineering Capture the Flag. He is a sought-after speaker and trainer. He can be found on the internet.

From the Back Cover

Chris Hadnagy’s new book Social Engineering: The Science of Human Hacking is a great read for anyone interested in the subject of social engineering. Kevin is an author, speaker, and consultant.

The hacker’s most reliable techniques can be used to strengthen the defense.

The human element is the weakest link in the fortress of defense. Both good and bad hackers use a specific set of tricks to gain access to sensitive information, using human hacking techniques to convince people to hand over passwords, wire large sums of money, and willingly commit other acts that are not in their own best interests. The science of human hacking is called social engineering. The human hacker’s skill set helps security professionals identify and fix their own system’s weaknesses. Beginning with an in-depth exploration of communication modeling, tribe mentality, observational skills, manipulation, and other basics, the discussion moves on to actionable guidance for identifying, fighting, and preventing such attacks in your own organization.

Christopher Hadnagy’s updated second edition provides fresh insight into the latest social engineering trends and enduring classics, as well as his own real-world experiences. This book dives into how humans can be influenced to make compromising decisions, including how to guidance on elicitation, pretexting, information gathering, tail-gating, shoulder surfing, and much more.

In the 70’s, I used social engineering to obtain free bus rides as an adolescent, intercepting NSA phone calls in high school, and finally compromising any system of interest as a young adult. The pursuit of knowledge, challenge, and the seduction of adventure was my motivation.

I still think social engineering is the best way to conduct penetration testing. I’m not alone. Nation states, criminal hackers, and hacktivists use the same tactics to disrupt businesses to steal money and/or proprietary information, and in some cases even change the course of a country’s election. It’s not like it’s like it’s like it’s like it’s like it’s like it’s like it’s like it’s like it’s like it’s like it’s like it’s like it’s like it Kevin Mitnick is a person. The text refers to the paperback edition.

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