The Art of Human Hacking
1. Edition December 2010
2010. 408 Pages, Softcover
- Practical Approach Book -
ISBN 978-0-470-63953-5 - John Wiley & Sons
E-Books are also available on all known E-Book shops.
The first book to reveal and dissect the technical aspect of many social engineering maneuvers
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 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 for a system than to exert the effort of hacking into the system. Mitnick claims that this social engineering tactic was the single-most effective method in his arsenal. This indispensable book examines a variety of maneuvers that are aimed at deceiving unsuspecting victims, while it also addresses ways to prevent social engineering threats.
* Examines social engineering, the science of influencing a target to perform a desired task or divulge information
* Arms you with invaluable information about the many methods of trickery that hackers use in order to gather information with the intent of executing identity theft, fraud, or gaining computer system access
* Reveals vital steps for preventing social engineering threats
Social Engineering: The Art of Human Hacking does its part to prepare you against nefarious hackers--now you can do your part by putting to good use the critical information within its pages.
From the contents
1 A Look into the World of Social Engineering.
Why This Book Is So Valuable.
Overview of Social Engineering.
2 Information Gathering.
Sources for Information Gathering.
The Power of Communication Models.
What Is Elicitation?
The Goals of Elicitation.
4 Pretexting: How to Become Anyone.
What Is Pretexting?
The Principles and Planning Stages of Pretexting.
5 Mind Tricks: Psychological Principles Used in Social Engineering.
Modes of Thinking.
Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP).
Interview and Interrogation.
Building Instant Rapport.
The Human Buffer Overflow.
6 Influence: The Power of Persuasion.
The Five Fundamentals of Influence and Persuasion.
Altering Reality: Framing.
Manipulation: Controlling Your Target.
Manipulation in Social Engineering.
7 The Tools of the Social Engineer.
Online Information-Gathering Tools.
8 Case Studies: Dissecting the Social Engineer.
Mitnick Case Study 1: Hacking the DMV.
Mitnick Case Study 2: Hacking the Social Security Administration.
Hadnagy Case Study 1: The Overconfident CEO.
Hadnagy Case Study 2: The Theme Park Scandal.
Top-Secret Case Study 1: Mission Not Impossible.
Top-Secret Case Study 2: Social Engineering a Hacker.
Why Case Studies Are Important.
9 Prevention and Mitigation.
Learning to Identify Social Engineering Attacks.
Creating a Personal Security Awareness Culture.
Being Aware of the Value of the Information You Are Being Asked For.
Keeping Software Updated.
Learning from Social Engineering Audits.