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As the cliche reminds us, information is power. In this age of computer systems and techlogy, 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 thing to do with high techlogy. As it turns out, the secret isn't much of a secret at all. Hackers have kwn 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 -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 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? . Dumpster Diving Be a good sport and don't read the two D words written in big bold letters above, and act surprised when I tell you hackers can accomplish this without relying on a single bit of techlogy (punny). . Tailgating Hackers and ninja both like wearing black, and they do share the ability to slip inside a building and blend with the shadows. . Shoulder Surfing If you like having a screen on your laptop so you can see what you're working on, don't read this chapter. . Physical Security Locks are serious business and lock technicians are true engineers, most backed with years of hands-on experience.But what happens when you take the age-old respected profession of the locksmith and sprinkle it with hacker ingenuity? . Social Engineering with Jack Wiles Jack has trained hundreds of federal agents, corporate attorneys, CEOs and internal auditors on computer crime and security-related topics. His unforgettable presentations are filled with three decades of personal war stories from the trenches of Information Security and Physical Security. . Google Hacking A hacker doesn't even need his own computer to do the necessary research. If he can make it to a public library, Kinko's or Internet cafe, he can use Google to process all that data into something useful. . P2P Hacking Let's assume a guy has budget, commercial hacking software, support from organized crime and fancy gear. With all those restrictions, is this guy still a threat to you? Have a look at this chapter and judge for yourself. . People Watching Skilled people watchers can learn a whole lot in just a few quick glances. In this chapter we'll take a look at a few examples of the types of things that draws a -tech hacker's eye. . Kiosks What happens when a kiosk is more than a kiosk?What happens when the kiosk holds airline passenger information? What if the kiosk holds confidential patient information? What if the kiosk holds cash? . Vehicle Surveillance Most people don't realize that some of the most thrilling vehicular espionage happens when the cars aren't moving at all!
Johnny Long is a Christian by grace, a professional hacker by trade, a pirate by blood, a ninja in training, a security researcher and author. He can be found lurking at his website (http://johnny.ihackstuff.com). He is the founder of Hackers For Charity(http://ihackcharities.org), an organization that provides hackers with job experience while leveraging their skills for charities that need those skills. Kevin Mitnick (Technical Editor) is the most famous computer hacker in the world. Since his first arrest in 1981, at age 17, he has spent nearly half his adult life either in prison or as a fugitive. He has been the subject of three books and his alleged 1982 hack into NORAD inspired the movie War Games. Since his plea-bargain release in 2000, he says he has reformed and is devoting his talents to helping computer security.