Social Engineering: The Art of Human Hacking

  • by Christopher Hadnagy, Paul Wilson (foreword)
  • Narrated by A. T. Chandler
  • 14 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The first book to reveal and dissect the technical aspect of many social engineering maneuvers...
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 & Technology 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.
This audiobook


Examines social engineering, the Science & Technology 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; and
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 this audiobook provides.
PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

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YOU MUST READ THIS BOOK... OR YOU WILL DIE

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.
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- Elija Button

Waste of time, literally

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Actual content


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...

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- ISee

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-08-2012
  • Publisher: Audible Studios