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No Tech Hacking by Kevin D. Mitnick, Johnny Long

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Chapter 5 Social Engineering: Here’s How I Broke Into Their Buildings

Social engineering is the most essential weapon in a no-tech hacker’s arsenal, but as a society, we have a love/hate relationship with those that excel at the art. We dig “social engineer good guys” like Zorro, Clark Kent, and the Scarlet Pimpernel; we hate others like Robert Hanssen (subject of the movie “Breach”), Aldrich Ames or that cheating

Significant Other. Whatever your thoughts about social engineers, you should at least understand the mindset, and learn what you can do to protect yourself and those around you, because social engineers have one huge advantage: they’re playing you before you even realize there’s a game to be played.

Introduction

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