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Preview chapter from Meinel's Überhacker!: Everything You Wanted to Know about Social Engineering -- But Were Afraid to Ask

In the common people there is no wisdom, no penetration, no power of judgement. - Cicero writing in Pro Plantio

I am sending you out as sheep among wolves. Be wary as serpents and harmless as doves. - Jesus, speaking in the Bible, Matthew 10:16

It was beautiful and simple, as all truly great swindles are. - O. Henry, writing in the Octopus Marooned, in The Gentle Grafter.

The term "social engineering" first came into widespread use among the Nazis. Their leader, Adolph Hitler, was quite open about social engineering. While in prison for trying to violently overthrow the elected government of Germany, he wrote in Mein Kampf, "The great masses of the people will more easily fall victim to a big lie than to a small one," and "The art of leadership… consists in consolidating the attention of the people against a single adversary and taking care that nothing will split up that attention."

In this chapter you will learn:

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When Hitler was released from prison, he and his followers proceeded with a campaign of social engineering that covered up their assassinations and terrorism. Over and over again, courageous newspaper reporters and politicians told the German public the true story. Yet the Nazis social engineered their way out of everything. Whenever it looked like certain reporters or politicians were getting the truth out, they turned up dead and the Nazis social engineered away the suspicious coincidences.

The German public was too easy to snooker. They paid a high price - World War II -- entire cities obliterated -- total defeat. Hitler's ploy of "…consolidating the attention of the people against a single adversary" also led to the murder of six million Jews. Over all, World War II led to the deaths of an estimated 100 million people through violence and privation. And it all started with social engineering…

Just as social engineering can be the most powerful weapon in the affairs of nations, it also is the single most powerful tool of computer criminals. Now that you know the technical basics of breaking into computers, you are ready to add this most powerful of tools to your arsenal.

We begin this chapter with a true story from a man whom I would never want to engage in battle. Is he an Überhacker? You decide…

More on social engineering --->

Who is threatening to sue over our social engineering tutorial? Read their hilarious attempts to intimidate Meinel. 

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