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I first became aware of the concept of Social Engineering when I read “Ghost in the Wires” and I was blown away! It was very exciting – that guy has GUTS!
I wanted to read more about the technique, not necessarily with the goal of learning how to social-engineer people in mind, but rather to try and recognize the signs so I can detect if ever I am being social-engineered!
This book is quite thorough and there is no denying the material is interesting, but I found it too long. There was too much “telling me about what I’m about to read” which I found completely redundant and annoying. Don’t tell me about what you are going to write, just write it and let me read it!!
Aside from that complaint, the book had me hooked.
11 of 11 people found this review helpful
What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?
I wanted an introductory book into social engineering, and this book does this job perfectly. There is an explanation of all the sides of the art, and direction for further info if you're interested to dive deeper into anything in particular.
Many examples / real stories makes this listen even easier to follow. Would recommend this audio to anyone.
Additionally, I've discovered that like most people, I was stupid enough to have the same password / user-name on many sites. And how easy it is for anyone (unfriendly, or just bored) to mess up my life. Well, not anymore... or at least not that easy. That alone definitely worth a "credit".
11 of 12 people found this review helpful
What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?
What was most disappointing about Christopher Hadnagy and Paul Wilson (foreword) ’s story?
Constantly trying to "sell" me the book's idea when I have clearly already purchased it.
Which scene did you most enjoy?
The scene where I pressed the stop button and moved on to the next book in my "to listen to" list.
If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Social Engineering: The Art of Human Hacking?
I never got past the chapter 3 as the book was STILL trying to sell me the idea of itself instead of teaching me something interesting. The "amazing" example of a successful con where a woman was distracted by the conman's accomplices while he steals her handbag that rested on a chair next to her? REALLY? A genius and meticulously planned heist or a gamble that she may or may not notice her handbag being stolen from right under her nose? Apparently, the secret to stealing someone's valued possession is to remain calm and confident.
Any additional comments?
Based on the book's title, I expected to be learning to negotiate with people and getting a better deal whilst doing so, not listen to at least three chapters of why this book is amazing and how it can transform my life...
9 of 9 people found this review helpful
I'm a security professional, mainly working with computers, but physical security factors a fair bit in my day-to-day activities too. Social Engineering is one of those modern names for the oldest form of attack, something that we are all capable of doing and also capable of falling foul to. Pretexting is used in literature and film all the time to get the story moving; undercover cops, turncoats, spies and double agents, and insider trading are all roles that rely on the ability of the character to engineer social situations to their benefit - and this is no different in real life. The author is a proven expert in social engineering and his involvement in The Real Hustle is testament to his ability to fool people into doing something he wants them to for his benefit. This is not a me me me book, like the Mitnick books in the same genre, instead this really is an exposition of the social science of hacking the human, with all the psychology and rationale explained perfectly for the layman. After reading this you will be better equipped to see through the fraudsters, better engage with salesmen and get the price you want for that rug down the local market. This is a must read if you are in any way interested in this topic, whether as layman or professional. Five stars.
11 of 12 people found this review helpful
Waste of time rubbish.
The book is written like a long continuous infomercial. It constantly talks about "you will see", "you will lean", "as you will find out in chapter x".
The book completely fails to provide information of any kind and instead says crap that only idiots think is actually information. "Amazing", "always", "unbelievable", "huge amount".
The book tried to entice you to keep listening as if it wants you to buy something.
I'm sorry Mr Author, this book is click-baity style rubbish.
1 of 3 people found this review helpful