Two Non-Programming Technical Books We Should All Read

The year was 1993, I was attending Providence Baptist Church off Glennwood and DurRaleigh Rd. Little did I know that less than a mile away the FBI was conducting a huge raid and arrest of one of the world's top hackers, Kevin Mitnick.

Kevin Mitnick was being arrested for being one of the most prolific hackers on the net. At the time the Internet and the World Wide Web were not part of the common vernacular, but I was there and this was really big to me. In the years since Kevin has served his time and now runs a security firm and has written a couple of fascinating books on hacking, but more importantly how easy it is to hack without even being very technical.

The Art of Deception: Controlling the Human Element of Security
by Kevin D. Mitnick, William L. Simon

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The Art of Intrusion: The Real Stories Behind the Exploits of Hackers, Intruders & Deceivers
by Kevin D. Mitnick, William L. Simon

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I know we have all watched movies where the main characters are able to trick naive people into helping them along with the covert tasks. Catch Me if you can and the Ocean's 11,12 & 13 come to mind. This is not limited to just a Hollywood script, this stuff goes on every day, even in today's world. How many times have you held the door for a stranger to enter your building without a valid ID? Do you wear your corporate ID facing out? These are common ways hackers find their way into the systems they want to compromise. Using these techniques and more are all covered in a series of amazing hacking stories, compiled by Kevin Mitnik and William L. Simon.

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