[AUDIOBOOK] Social Engineering The Art of Human Hacking – Hagnagy

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.


My take on it:

That said, it was badly put together:

  • No fact checking done.
  • Audience not well defined
  • Too many anecdotes
  • No use of shortened urls through the book. I’m not typing all of that!
  • Off-topic comments.
  • Repetitive. If he did stop talking about what he will talk about next, the book would be the half of actual length. You find yourself reading the same thing again and again. And you end up learning little information from the book. He is a real salesman!
  • Little to no discussion about mitigation
  • a lot of accent put on exploits
  • Little to no discussion about the art of persuasion and the importance of body language in manipulating a response out of a person.
  • This book reads like one of those 2000’s “How to be rich in 10 steps” or “this next tip will keep you a little more secure!”

Rating: 1 out of 5.

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