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The world′s most infamous hacker offers an insider′s view of the low–tech threats to high–tech security
Kevin Mitnick′s exploits as a cyber–desperado and fugitive form one of the most exhaustive FBI manhunts in history and have spawned dozens of articles, books, films, and documentaries. Since his release from federal prison, in 1998, Mitnick has turned his life around and established himself as one of the most sought–after computer security experts worldwide. Now, in The Art of Deception, the world′s most notorious hacker gives new meaning to the old adage, "It takes a thief to catch a thief."
Focusing on the human factors involved with information security, Mitnick explains why all the firewalls and encryption protocols in the world will never be enough to stop a savvy grifter intent on rifling a corporate database or an irate employee determined to crash a system. With the help of many fascinating true stories of successful attacks on business and government, he illustrates just how susceptible even the most locked–down information systems are to a slick con artist impersonating an IRS agent. Narrating from the points of view of both the attacker and the victims, he explains why each attack was so successful and how it could have been prevented in an engaging and highly readable style reminiscent of a true–crime novel. And, perhaps most importantly, Mitnick offers advice for preventing these types of social engineering hacks through security protocols, training programs, and manuals that address the human element of security.

The Art of Deception is about gaining someone's trust by lying to them and then abusing that trust for fun and profit. Hackers use the euphemism "social engineering" and hacker-guru Kevin Mitnick examines many example scenarios.

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  • PDF | 372 pages
  • Mitnick(Author) Simon(Author)
  • John Wiley & Sons; 1 edition (27 Sept. 2002)
  • English
  • 7
  • Computing & Internet

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  • By BUR70N on 21 June 2016

    I wasn't really sure what I was getting myself in for getting this book, but I have to say that I really enjoyed it.Kevin was what the movie's Hackers 1/2 was based on and this really does take you through his early life and how easy it was back then to get details of passwords and accounts etc. But also teaches of ways to counter also.Overall I really enjoyed the book and often mention it in conversation about how social engineering can be used.

  • By Phil Hanson on 10 August 2017

    Excellent product & Service.

  • By Happy Customer on 23 April 2017

    I am not computer savvy and this was a real eye opener.

  • By Guest on 20 August 2003

    Kevin Mitnick begins The Art of Deception by telling the reader about securities weakest link - people, and throughout the book he continues to labour this point, constantly reminding us that no matter how well computers are protected against potential hackers, it will 99% of the time be the employees who give away passwords, codes and other secret, and important information to people who will quite simply just have to ask for it.The book is very easy to read, it isn't full of computer jargon, which I personally thought it would be. The stories are told from the point of view of the hacker, an introduction describing each situation is given first, phone conversations are written down, the con is analyzed, and then Mitnick tells us how to avoid situations like that happening by 'preventing the con'.It is very easy to see when reading this book how the people (note, not the technology) get tricked or persuaded into giving away such vital information, the key is social engineering. These people believe that the hacker is someone within the organisation who should have access to this information anyway so no harm will come from giving it away, but how can they tell simply from one phone call?All in all, this book is an education in information security, it tells us that having firewalls, anti-virus software and other security equipment installed will help to protect your information system, but this alone will not be enough, the updates are a very important element in securing your information, and without these, your system will be even more vulnerable from attack by outsiders. Employees, without being educated in information security, can let you down, simply by being too trusting and not knowing who they are giving the information away to!

  • By John Dexter on 2 April 2012

    Kevin Mitnick, it seems, has a tenuous grasp of morality: he argues (p.xii & p.83) that it's OK to steal someone else's property if you're motivated by curiosity and your intentions are benign. I confess that I'm less comfortable with the idea of breaking in to someone's computer system and "snaring copies of files" or "searching emails for passwords" and, I suppose, that's why I think Mitnick's claim to be "a changed person" lacks credibility.That's not to say that there's nothing to learn from The Art of Deception - far from it - only that the reality is that the book is almost certainly of more use to grifters and conmen rather than "governments, businesses, and individuals" (p.xiii). Throughout, Mitnick provides society's dishonest with templates for deceiving the unwary and his advice for preventing, detecting, and responding to information-security threats never really exceeds a, remain vigilant at all times message. Of course, security awareness among employees and individuals is a good thing, but it hardly needs 352 pages to convey such a message. Given Mitnick's rather childish style, endlessly recycled scenarios, unworkable procedures, and simplistic message, The Art of Deception is probably two-hundred pages too long!If you really must revel in the gullibility of the masses, I suppose that you might enjoy this book. However, if you're serious about security, try Bruce Schneier's, Schneier On Security or Secrets and Lies.

  • By Alexander Haynes on 20 January 2011

    Like many other reviewers here I disliked the "tone" of the book. Granted, it is clearly written for the American market, but because a lot of the "examples" are fictional, it's hard to empathise. What you notice very quickly is that the book is written for the most basic audience. If you don't know what a trojan is or what a root user is, then maybe you'll learn something. Other than that, the techniques repeat themselves and some of the examples are hopelessly out of date ie. I can't use the internet because I'm on the phone and it's a dial-up connection!Take this book as a basic explanation of social engineering techniques, and some countermeasures, but nothing more.


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