Social Engineering
The Art of Human Hacking
By Christopher Hadnagy
Publisher: Wiley
Final Release Date: November 2010
Pages: 416

"Chris Hadnagy has penned the ultimate text on social engineering. Meticulously researched and teeming with practical applications, this brilliant book offers solutions to very real problems and ever-present dangers to your business — and even to yourself. Truly groundbreaking."
Kevin Hogan, author of The Science of Influence: How to Get Anyone to Say "Yes" in 8 Minutes or Less

Discover the secrets of expert con men and human hackers

No matter how sophisticated your security equipment and procedures may be, their most easily exploitable aspect is, and has always been, the human infrastructure. The skilled, malicious social engineer is a weapon, nearly impossible to defend against.

This book covers, in detail, the world's first framework for social engineering. It defines, explains, and dissects each principle, then illustrates it with true stories and case studies from masters such as Kevin Mitnick, renowned author of The Art of Deception. You will discover just what it takes to excel as a social engineer. Then you will know your enemy.

Tour the Dark World of Social Engineering

  • Learn the psychological principles employed by social engineers and how they're used

  • Discover persuasion secrets that social engineers know well

  • See how the crafty crook takes advantage of cameras, GPS devices, and caller ID

  • Find out what information is, unbelievably, available online

  • Study real-world social engineering exploits step by step

"Most malware and client-side attacks have a social engineering component to deceive the user into letting the bad guys in. You can patch technical vulnerabilities as they evolve, but there is no patch for stupidity, or rather gullibility. Chris will show you how it's done by revealing the social engineering vectors used by today's intruders. His book will help you gain better insight on how to recognize these types of attacks."
Kevin Mitnick, Author, Speaker, and Consultant

Product Details
Recommended for You
Customer Reviews


by PowerReviews
oreillySocial Engineering

(based on 2 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars



  • 4 Stars



  • 3 Stars



  • 2 Stars



  • 1 Stars



Reviewed by 2 customers

Sort by

Displaying reviews 1-2

Back to top


Great intro to SE

By Chris P. Bacon

from The Interwebs

About Me Educator

Verified Buyer


  • Concise
  • Easy to understand
  • Helpful examples


    Best Uses

    • Novice
    • Student

    Comments about oreilly Social Engineering:

    I like the layout of the book. It's logical and builds on previous concepts. I'm still learning about SE and this book fills in a lot of gaps in my knowledge.


    An amazing primer to social engineering

    By BigBadWolfe

    from Alberta, Canada

    About Me Security Enthusiast, Sys Admin

    Verified Reviewer


    • Concise
    • Easy to understand
    • Fascinating
    • Helpful examples
    • Lots Of Additional Info
    • Well-written


    • Technical At Points

    Best Uses

    • All It Roles
    • Intermediate
    • Novice
    • Student

    Comments about oreilly Social Engineering:

    This book is a great starting place when diving into a topic as in depth as social engineering. The subject matter was covered very quickly with a lot of high level overview, and plenty of real world examples. He also includes tonnes of links to learn more about each individual topic, along with interesting research to read.

    I bought the book as a penetration tester, and found in invaluable for rounding out my existing knowledge. I believe it would also be very useful for any IT manager who wants to learn a little more about social engineering.

    Additionally it has the effect of terrifying your boss that every person out there is trying to access your data, and the receptionist is the gate keeper of all secrets [True story]

    My final word, all IT staff should read this book.

    Displaying reviews 1-2

    Back to top

    Buy 2 Get 1 Free Free Shipping Guarantee
    Buying Options
    Immediate Access - Go Digital what's this?
    Ebook: $34.99
    Formats:  ePub, Mobi, PDF