Social Engineering by Christopher Hadnagy & Paul Wilson

Social Engineering

By Christopher Hadnagy & Paul Wilson

  • Release Date: 2010-11-29
  • Genre: Computers
Score: 4
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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.


  • Very poorly written--seriously. Repetitive and the information is mostly outdated.

    By Infrequent Reviewer784901
    Very poorly written--seriously. Repetitive and the information is mostly outdated. Not worth the money, but if it were free and the reader was unfamiliar with the topic it might be slightly illuminating.
  • Fascinating reading

    By mbritt1114
    I bought the book because I was primarily interested in the author's summary of Cialdini's influence principles, but I found so much more in this book. The author really goes into a lot of the ways that we are manipulated by politicians, marketers and salespeople. You will have your eyes opened for sure. An excellent read.
  • Excellent Book

    By ghchuck
    Great book for social engineering or even people who want to get better at human to human interaction.