Social Engineering: The Art of Human Hacking

By Christopher Hadnagy and Paul Wilson

Image of a skeleton with puppet strings under the title of the book Social Engineering: The Art of Human Hacking
Social Engineering The Art of Human Hacking


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.  

"Social Engineering; The Art of Human Hacking": 

  • 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.

Product Details

Label Value
ISBN ISBN 978-0-470-63953-5
Publisher John Wiley & Sons Publishing
Published Copyright 2010
Pages 408
Format Paperback

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 A Look into the World of Social Engineering
Chapter 2 Information Gathering
Chapter 3 Elicitation
Chapter 4 Pretexting: How to Become Anyone
Chapter 5 Mind Tricks: Psychological Principles Used in Social Engineering
Chapter 6 Influence: The Power of Persuasion
Chapter 7 The Tools of the Social Engineer
Chapter 8 Case Studies: Dissecting the Social Engineer
Chapter 9 Prevention and Mitigation

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