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Books shelved as social-engineering: Social Engineering: The Art of Human Hacking by Christopher Hadnagy, The Art of Deception: Controlling the Human Ele. The first book to reveal and dissect the technical aspect of many social engineering maneuvers From elicitation, pretexting, influence and manipulation all. Find Social engineering books online. Get the best Social engineering books at our marketplace.

I enjoyed reading the book.

Those who listen to the social engineering podcast, in which the author takes part, will find in the book most of the topics dealt in the first 20 something podcast episodes. This book is the written witness of the spirit present in the social-engineer podcast. SE book highlights: In this post, I fly over, following a very personal route, the main ideas that the 9 chapters of this book contain.

The book is easy to read. Every chapter conveys some summary points plus a I enjoyed reading the book. Every chapter conveys some summary points plus a brief summary at the end.

This facilitates the identification of the learning points. The lessons learnt are applicable in almost every aspect of our lives. By no means this summary aims to replace the reading of the book. On the contrary, this is a book I recommend to read, not only to information security professionals, but also to anyone interested in knowing how human beings tick.

This book is a valuable tool when modelling human behaviour. Actually, if there is intelligent life in outer space and they need to liaise with humans, this is one of the books that they need to read so that they can understand humans.

Interesting point: There are also two telling examples, the USB example mixed with an encounter in a cafe and the stamp collector story. Some points that I highlight are the following: Interesting their message that every one can have and have different personal realities page Most of the time people want to help page It is eye-opening to know that a simple light conversation is all it takes to get some of the best information out of many people page This chapter mentions the intricacies of elicitation, such as how preloading the target with info or ideas on how we wanted them to react to certain info is a good start page They mention an example related to "how to convince your partner to go for dinner to a steak house" page 62 - it is worth-reading it - would that really work?

A basic way of elicitation is to start a conversation with "I would like to tell you a really funny story" page The author also mentions the concept of preloading.

From an social engineering SE viewpoint, "preloading involves knowing your goals before you start". Expressing a mutual interest is more powerful than appealing to someone's ego: More information on elicitation can be found in the social-engineer. Some of the elicitation techniques that the book mentions are: Appealing to one's ego. Expression of mutual interest. Deliberate false statements. Volunteering information. Assumed knowledge. The effects of alcohol not a different technique but equally effective.

Open ended questions, what do you think of the weather today? Let's define some concepts that the book presents: Elicitation is the process of extracting information from something or someone. Read the definition on the social-engineer. Pretexting is the act of creating an invented scenario to persuade a targeted victim to release information or perform some action.

Preloading is influencing subjects before the event. Think about a movie's pre-release trailers. Preloading is a component of a social engineer attack. Some of the techniques the author mentions are: Use open-ended questions to obtain detailed information page Closed-ended questions are appropriate to lead the target to a goal page Asking people a leading question in order to manipulate their memory page Assumptive questions - you need knowledge before hand so they need to be used with care page On the Internet you can be anyone you want to be.

Create a scenario where people are comfortable with providing information they would normally not provide. Practice makes a good pretext.

Self-confidence is always related to a situation. Cognitive disonance: People have the tendency to seek consistency among beliefs, opinions and cognitions. Dialect - you need to master the right pretexting dialect - at least spend some time listening to people in public talking to each other.

Play it back later from the recorder this is recommendable Use an outline script. Use sounds from e. The author refers to Dr. Paul Ekman. He showed that emotions are universal across cultures and biological backgrounds. He worked with basic emotions through the microexpressions that show those emotions.

However, these skilled people could show those microexpressions in a different time. This chapter mentions a possible way to overcome the client's reluctance to communicate: We need to identify whether they are a fan of sight, hearing or feeling the site www. We also need to try to identify deception by identifying contradiction, hesitation and changes in behaviour and hand gestures. Some of the NLP language patterns to influence change on interlocutors have to do with the voice tone site mentioned: There is also a general recommendation to watch for a group of signs and not only one sign to determine the baseline of our interlocutor.

A set of leads on which we have to focus are microexpressions, body language cues, changes in verb tense and person use. An example of anchoring is linking a statement of a like kind with a certain gesture.

An valuable fact: As smart interlocutors, we need to react to the message, not to the person. For example, a way to state something could be "it sounds to me like you are" rather that using "you are" alone. While practicing all these techniques, we need to develop a genuine interest and let the other person talk about herself until she gets bored of it. Let's remember that people's fundamental needs are: The power of perceptionThis chapter mentions concepts such as "kill them verbally with kindness", scarcity and concessions and again that simply asking the target a question can lead to amazing results.

We can manipulate attention through the use of scarcity. Let's remember that people are driven to desire that which is hard to obtain. Chapter 6 lists these types of authority: Legal authority. Organisational authority. Social authority in western countries, clothing, cars and titles.

The author also describes the value of commitment and consistency with actions e. Liking people like people who like them. People need to be liked, they change their behaviour to be liked by others. Good-looking people succeed more than not good-looking people. Humans attribute more good traits and skills to good-looking people.

Dissecting the social engineer This chapter provides a valuable set of examples coming from the author and from Mr Mitnick himself. Prevention and mitigation creating a personal security awareness culture and the importance of developing scripts and being aware of the criticality of the information you are dealing with.

A well done overview with added depth in key areas - overall, an excellent resource for any IT professional and will provide utility for a penetration tester looking to strengthen the person-to-person attack vector.

This book is probably best served as paper, versus audio - or at least supplemented with the actual book. This is partly due to the many lists and references and partly due to the off-putting narration.

It wasn't bad, but "good" isn't quite the right word either. This book and further A well done overview with added depth in key areas - overall, an excellent resource for any IT professional and will provide utility for a penetration tester looking to strengthen the person-to-person attack vector.

This book and further study and practice in the areas outlined are a means to becoming a more effective Penetration tester. To the accusers that Hadnagy is presenting tools for manipulation, and criticizing him for that Attackers will use whatever means; ethical or not, to infiltrate a company's infrastructure.

NLP, framing, microexpressions - all of the tools and techniques covered in this book. And they will use others only partly acknowledged in this book, such as blackmail and other means of social leverage.

Understanding that "manipulating" humans is common in this field is vital to defense against them.

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It is ironic that most people are manipulated on a daily basis by advertisers and governments, yet can't come to terms with the methods in the context of information security.

This isn't conspiracy theory - it is business. Anyway - great book for understanding the challenges of IT security, particularly for the understanding of human vulnerabilities in order to deliver network infiltration devices and software. Nov 10, Jonathan Jeckell rated it really liked it Shelves: While the US government is fixated with all things cyber, this book shows how physical and technical security systems can easily be bypassed.

It mainly trends to following professional penetration testers, but also provided insight into improving your ability to influence others, as well as protect yourself from predatory manipulation, like hoaxes, scams, spear phishing, etc.

The part about how woefully inadequate most corporate information awareness courses are made me laugh out loud since it p While the US government is fixated with all things cyber, this book shows how physical and technical security systems can easily be bypassed.

The part about how woefully inadequate most corporate information awareness courses are made me laugh out loud since it pretty much nailed US DoD's abysmally boring and useless marathon that most people just click through. It provided very savvy advice on how to provide your organization with effective information assurance training. View all 3 comments. Jul 19, Amir Tesla rated it it was ok Shelves: This books contains the basic principles of S.

The very downside of it though, is that the information provided in each domain is too trivial. Once you hit a new chapter and have a glance at the title you would say wow it must be very interesting but as you proceed along the content you get disappointed since many things stays opaque.

Senses of Reference Christopher Hadnagy says that although we have 5 senses, we mainly refer to 3 for building our thoughts. NLP You will probably not use the side of NLP dealing with hypnosis, but NLP can serve you well with the use voice, language and words choice to guide people where you want them to be. Vocal Tone The author says changing the tone of voice can change the meaning of the sentence and how the target will perceive it.

Ultimate Voice — Embedding Commands Christopher Hadnagy says that the skill of embedding commands is a great skill to develop. Choosing Words Pick positive words when you want your target to get into a positive state of mind and negative words when you want your target to think negatively about the topic.

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Building Instant Rapport Christopher Hadnagy says that the pre-requisite to build rapport is to like people and being genuinely interested. He also stresses clothing and personal appearance. Chapter 6: Influence Smart Compliments The author talks about the power of compliments and how easy it is to use them wrong for beginners.

Gifts Christopher Hadnagy says that gifts are very useful and that sending a small gift and then saying that you only ask to visit your website and download their catalogue in exchange worked every time.

Concessions Giving a concessions is also a great way to get something in exchange check Reciprocity in Persuasion by Cialdini for more. Authority Social Engineers will often pretend of being authority figure to get people to comply with their requests or to let them enter and exit the premises unchallenged. The author says that authority is especially powerful when people are acting in auto-pilot.

First, you need to know yourself and your own communication style. The chapter ends with a terrific example of two conflicting communication styles experienced at one of his book signings.

Having an understanding of these communication styles is not only useful for social engineering but there are plenty of other uses, such as company psychology for managing people, as well.

Pretexting is largely emphasized throughout the book as an important and integral part of social engineering. Will you be a delivery driver? A safety inspector? Perhaps a pest control specialist? Whatever scenario you choose, which should be derived from your information gathering and open source intelligence collected on the target, you need to ensure that you have the details to go with it.

Those close encounters aside, by not having a thorough pretext, he does get caught once or twice and explains the how and the why.

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In discussing pretexting Chris breaks it down into six different principles, some of which include thinking through your goals, determining how far to go with the details , and avoiding short-term memory loss.

As the book moves from pretexting into the actual interaction with people, there is some specific focus on building rapport with your target, principles of influencing others, and the difference between influence and manipulation. The recommendation in the book is to focus on your RSVP — rhythm, speed, volume, and pitch. Paying attention to these items can help you speak more clearly while presenting yourself in a professional manner.

You can practice with friends and family or look into finding a local improvisation class offered in your area. Chris breaks influence down to eight separate principles. Authority is used to express some level of power over the target. Another principle is obligation — such as when you feel obligated to answer a question. When this principle is presented, Chris suggests a challenge to the reader. Instead, just stare at them.

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As he recommends this, he then goes on to suggest that most readers are likely letting out a nervous weird laugh or smile while picturing that scenario. That was me. This reminded me of an experiment we once conducted in an interpersonal communication class. One person was to think of a topic that they are very excited about — maybe a sport, hobby, or any other interest. The second person was to, at some time shortly into the conversation, hang their head down and seem genuinely uninterested.

The idea presented behind influence is getting someone to want to do something you need for them to do. Chris goes on to explain how this is different from manipulation, and how he prefers to stay away from manipulating targets.

He explains that manipulation is just getting them to do something you want them to do. Do you see the difference? This is not the goal. As social engineers, we want to teach people how to identify these attacks.

The book then goes further into emotions and non-verbals used during communication. This was one area of particular interest to me, because I remember being taught when I was very young that folding your arms usually represented some sort of disgust, disinterest, or otherwise standoffish behavior.

I disagree.Ricordi Paperback by Francesco Guicciardini. This also includes some specific advice for organizations on selecting vendors and for social engineers on working with clients. This chapter mentions a possible way to overcome the client's reluctance to communicate: No Tech Hacking: NLP, framing, microexpressions - all of the tools and techniques covered in this book.

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