This is a very interesting book. It's a basic overview of the manipulation techniques used by con artists, detectives, and corporate spies. It also gives security guidelines for businesses to implement in order to counteract these kinds of attempts to steal information. I think most of all, I was amazed by the unreal amount of confidence and daring it takes to do things like that. Crazy!
Jason C. reviewed The Art of Deception: Controlling the Human Element of Security on
This book is rife with examples that enable the reader to better understand the mind of the social engineer and some of the tactics that are frequently employed to deceived and manipulate others for the sake of information. However, much of the book comes off as purely hypothetical, and serves more than one would like as an advertisement for Mitnick's own services. All in all, though, very interesting.