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By Kevin D. Mitnick, William L. Simon
The world's so much notorious hacker bargains an insider's view of the low-tech threats to high-tech security
Kevin Mitnick's exploits as a cyber-desperado and fugitive shape the most exhaustive FBI manhunts in background and feature spawned dozens of articles, books, motion pictures, and documentaries. when you consider that his unlock from federal criminal, in 1998, Mitnick has grew to become his lifestyles round and validated himself as some of the most sought-after laptop safeguard specialists all over the world. Now, within the paintings of Deception, the world's such a lot infamous hacker supplies new intending to the previous adage, "It takes a thief to capture a thief."
targeting the human elements concerned with info defense, Mitnick explains why the entire firewalls and encryption protocols on the earth is simply not adequate to forestall a savvy grifter cause on rifling a company database or an irate worker decided to crash a method. With assistance from many desirable real tales of winning assaults on enterprise and executive, he illustrates simply how weak even the main locked-down details structures are to a slick con artist impersonating an IRS agent. Narrating from the issues of view of either the attacker and the sufferers, he explains why every one assault was once such a success and the way it can were avoided in an enticing and hugely readable variety equivalent to a true-crime novel. And, might be most significantly, Mitnick bargains suggestion for combating some of these social engineering hacks via safety protocols, education courses, and manuals that deal with the human part of defense.
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