The Art of Deception

Kevin Mitnick

“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.”

It’s common knowledge that the weakest element in a computer network (or any system really) is the human element. Humans behave predictably irrational, and have a innate desire to be helpful even to strangers. Exploiting these factors means gaining access to extremely valuable information, but it also means we’re all at risk.

If you all saw my post earlier about the Cybersecurity Humble Book Bundle, this classic from world famous hacker Kevin Mitnick was one of the books included in this bundle. This book has a lot of fun stories in it and a lot of really valuable advice on protecting yourself.

Book Details

Month September 2017
Meetup Date Saturday September 9 2017 18:00:00
Meetup Location XION
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Bonus Material

Freedom Downtime

Did you know that The Art of Deception author Kevin Mitnick was wanted by the FBI from 1992-1995 for hacking related crimes? Check out this great documentary about the controversies surrounding his arrest, made by the folks from 2600.