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Skeptics are well versed in the many tools of the trade used by charlatans and hucksters to defraud their unwitting victims. Some of these same tools - elicitation, pretexting, influence and manipulation to name a few - are also used by hackers, spies and identity thieves to obtain information. This week on Skepticality, Swoopy talks with Christopher Hadnagy, author of Social Engineering, The Art of Human Hacking which not only examines the maneuvers and the science behind them that are aimed at deceiving unsuspecting victims, but also addresses ways to reduce our own susceptibility to the hackers and security threats in our every day lives.
Show Notes

Date – May 3, 2011 read by Derek

Our last episode was in honor of the final launch of Space Shuttle Endeavour.

We talked with author Mary Roach about cool stuff.
Unfortunately the launch has now been delayed.
Our previous regular episode featured author Gary Taubes.
Taubes book Why We Get Fat is controversial despite the data.
SkepDoc Harriet Hall doesn’t agree with the ideas and data in the book.
There was lots of interesting discussion at Science Based Medicine.
Taubes wrote a piece in the New York Times Magazine on sugar.
Today’s Guest is Chris Hadnagy, author of:
Social Engineering: The Art of Human Hacking.

Skeptic History Notes:
Most online histories date the first modern electronic spam to May 3, 1978.
A much earlier unsolicited commercial message was sent May 29, 1864 via telegram.
Uri Geller sued James Randi and CSICOP over an April 9, 1991 interview.
As a result, James Randi announced his resignation from CSICOP on May 11, 1991.
You can read daily Skeptic History facts on Twitter, Facebook or FriendFeed.

Many Social Engineering tactics utilize the same influencing techniques skeptics know well.
Kevin Mitnick is a legendary social engineer and notorious former Hacker.
Hackers recently shut down Sony’s Playstation Network.
Social Engineers mostly work to help keep Hackers at bay.
DefCon is a conference for Hackers.
You can subscribe to the Social Engineering podcast here.

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