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The Art of Deception: Controlling the Human Element of Security

by Kevin D. Mitnick

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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.… (more)
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Me crucé con este libro (está en la mula, por supuesto) y me lo he devorado en dos días. Hay una segunda parte, The Art of Intrusion, que parece que está incluso mejor.
Kevin Mitnick se hizo bastante famoso, para su desgracia, cuando le condenaron a unos cuantos años de cárcel por diversos delitos contra la seguridad electrónica de varias empresas y agencias estatales norteamericanas (nada grave según él, el holocausto informático según el fiscal). La Wikipedia (Kevin Mitnick, Kevin Mitnick ) cuenta su historia por encima. El caso es que él está convencido de que le tomaron como cabeza de turco, tanto los periodistas como el sistema judicial.
Este libro no es una biografía, sino un repaso a los métodos de lo que se ha dado en llamar “ingeniería social”, o el arte de sonsacar información importante a la gente que la tiene sin que estos se alarmen. El libro consiste en un montón de casos (supuestamente verídicos) en los que una persona ajena a cualquier empresa u organización acaba por obtener gran cantidad de información. Kevin Mitnick [KM] habla de detectives privados, de estudiantes de instituto con mucho tiempo libre e incluso de una nueva figura, en el borde de la legalidad, llamada “brokers de información”, especialistas todos ellos en encontrar información que supuestamente no debe ser divulgada al público.
Los casos son realmente entretenidos de leer. Muchas de las veces uno piensa “no, eso no me podría pasar a mí”, pero eso justo es lo que dice KM que piensa todo el mundo. Y sin embargo pasa constantemente, según él. En cada caso que relata termina instruyendo acerca de cómo algunas políticas de difusión de información dentro de la empresa, bien instauradas, podrían evitar la gran mayoría, si no todos, los escapes de información debidos a ataques mediante ingeniería social.
El último capítulo es algo más soso y se dedica íntegramente a resumir de manera estructurada todos los pasos que cualquier organización, ya sea privada o gubernamental, debería dar para establecer políticas claras e inatacables que minimicen el flujo de información importante al exterior.
El libro es muy entretenido y se lee rápidamente. Deja (al menos a mí) con muchas ganas de seguir leyendo sobre el tema, por lo que rápidamente “localicé” el siguiente libro del mismo autor, que ya ando devorando. Mi nota: Muy interesante. ( )
  Remocpi | Apr 22, 2020 |
Maybe the best book on social engineering I've ever read (also pretty much the only one). I don't have a ton to say here other than I'd only recommend this book if you are interested in cybersecurity. It might be a nice educational book for your older family members to teach them about the dangers of Phishing/Scam phone calls, perhaps? ( )
  bhiggs | Apr 7, 2020 |
The Art of Deception is written by a hacker (or, as he calls himself, a “social engineer”) and describes the ways in which hackers can exploit human nature to bypass security measures. The book was hyped as being “like reading the climaxes of a dozen complex thrillers”, but I don’t think it lived up that hype. Although I found it interesting to read about the clever ways hackers go about getting very classified information, it wasn’t exactly edge-of-your-seat reading.

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  DoingDewey | Nov 6, 2012 |
Didn't finish as the stories got repetitive.
  jcopenha | Jun 17, 2012 |
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For Shelly Jaffe, Reba Vartanian, Chickie Leventhal, and Mithcell Mitnick, and for the late Alan Mitnick, Adam Mitnick, and Jack Biello

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A company may have purchased the best security technologies that money can buy, trained their people so well that they lock up all their secrets before going home at night, and hired building guards from the best security firm in the business.
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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.

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