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

Kevin D. Mitnick, William L. Simon—The Art Of Deception - Controlling The Human

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