Hacking through 'social engineering'

Excerpts from a superb article about Kevin Mitnick ‘Computer terrorist’ teaches anti-hacking (from CNN):

He can find George Bush senior’s social security number and Leonardo DiCaprio’s mother’s maiden name in under 15 seconds, and led the FBI on a three-year manhunt as he hacked his way into the world’s biggest firms. …

He argues that while sophisticated technology can help keep networks clean from viruses, it is useless if hackers can con a company’s employees into handing over passwords by posing, for example, as colleagues.

And you thought it was all about SSL, PGP, etc.

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2 thoughts on “Hacking through 'social engineering'

  1. Dude, you gotta read Kevin Mitnick’s “The Art of Deception”! I got hold of it when I was in college. Awesome book man! And to anyone and everyone who says there is no such thing as social engineering, go, grab a copy of the book.

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