Social Engineering - Starter




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Post Tue Oct 04, 2011 9:01 am

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I am a little late to this conversation, but here is my offering anyway. I whole-heartedly endorse the earlier link to This is a great site with many great resources. I also suggest the following books:
Kevin Mitnick - Art of Deception, Art of Intrusion and his latest Ghost in The Wires. These are great books with real valuable examples.

And Social Engineering - The Art of Human Hacking by Christopher Hadnagy this is a new book and has very good reviews. I have read it myself and found it to be one of the best. It gives a very solid methodology to performing Social Engineering. I believe it it the first time a methodology has actually been laid out for Social Engineering.

Then I would suggest that you just spend a lot of time observing. Retail stores and malls are great learning environments. If you can set yourself up where you can here people on phone conversations you will find a wealth of data to study. Take notes as you observe them. I try to find business people in a food court that are on their cell phones, I sit next to them and listen to their end of the conversation. Is it a sales call? A meeting? what are his mannerisms while he is speaking? Is he eliciting information?

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Post Tue Oct 04, 2011 5:01 pm

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Not sure if this was mentioned, but Ninja Hacking by Thomas Wilhelm may be of interest to you as well  :)
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Post Wed Oct 05, 2011 4:48 pm

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Good points Solinus. I was recently called for jury duty. This is an awesome place for people watching as there's not only a strong mix of people in the jury pool being from a cross-section of society, but it's also interesting to see professionals, lawyers and accused in the same environment.

It's fun to pick out a person and see if you can figure out what they do for a living, their background, etc. Then go talk to them and see if you're right.

It even made jury duty fun. Go figure.


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