We all know that computers and networks are vulnerable to hacking and malicious actors, but what about us, the humans who interface with these devices? Con games, scams, and strategic deception are far older than computers, and in the modern era, these techniques can make humans the weakest link in even the most secure system. This episode, security consultant and master social engineer, Christopher Hadnagy, joins us to share his stories and wisdom. He describes what it was like to be a social engineer before the world knew what social engineering was and tells some of his amazing stories from his long career in penetration testing.
A big thanks to Christopher Hadnagy from social-engineer.org for sharing his stories with us.
Check out his book Social Engineering: The Science of Human Hacking, affiliate link here.
Check out his podcast called The Social-Engineer podcast.
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