The Art of Deception
Controlling the Human Element of Security
By Kevin D. Mitnick, William L. Simon
Publisher: Wiley
Final Release Date: September 2001
Pages: 368

The world’s most celebrated hacker delivers the lowdown ontoday’s most serious security weakness–human nature

"Finally someone is on to the real cause of data securitybreaches–stupid humans … Mitnick … reveals clevertricks of the ‘social engineering’ trade and shows how tofend them off."
–Stephen Manes, Forbes

"A tour de force, a series of tales of how some old-fashionedblarney and high-tech skills can pry any information from anyone.As entertainment, it’s like reading the climaxes of a dozencomplex thrillers, one after the other."
–Publishers Weekly

"Mitnick provides hair-raising examples of socialengineering–disgruntled employees stealing top-secretresearch, smooth-talking con men acquiring data on next-generationexplosives for terrorists–and explains how to combatit."
–Angela Gunn, Time Out New York

"He was the FBI’s most-wanted hacker. But in his own eyes,Mitnick was simply a small-time con artist with an incrediblememory [and] a knack for social engineering… This isMitnick’s account, complete with advice for how to protectyourself from similar attacks. I believe his story."
–Simson Garfinkel, Wired

“…a fascinating read…” (ForTeanTimes, June 2004)

"...a lot of interesting cautionary tales..." (NewScientist, January 2004)

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