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No Tech Hacking: A Guide to Social Engineering, Dumpster Diving, and Shoulder Surfing
As the cliche reminds us, information is power. In this age of computer systems and technology, an increasing majority of the world’s information is stored electronically. It makes sense then that as an industry we rely on high-tech electronic protection systems to guard that information. As a professional hacker, I get paid to uncover weaknesses in those systems and exploit them. Whether breaking into buildings or slipping past industrial-grade firewalls, my goal has always been the same: extract the informational secrets using any means necessary. After hundreds of jobs, I discovered the secret to bypassing every conceivable high-tech security system. This book reveals those secrets, and as the title suggests, it has nothing to do with high technology. As it turns out, the secret isn’t much of a secret at all. Hackers have known about these techniques for years. Presented in a light, accessible style, you’ll get to ride shotgun with the authors on successful real-world break-ins as they share photos, videos and stories that prove how vulnerable the high-tech world is to no-tech attacks. As you browse this book, you’ll hear old familiar terms like “dumpster diving”, “social engineering”, and “shoulder surfing”. Some of these terms have drifted into obscurity to the point of becoming industry folklore the tactics of the pre-dawn information age. But make no mistake these and other old-school tactics work with amazing effectiveness today. In fact, there’s a very good chance that someone in your organization will fall victim to one or more of these attacks this year. Will they be ready?