The books are chosen based on three strict rules:
- The author’s background
- Are the strategies helpful and easy to implement?
- Is the book simple to read?
The Science of Human Hacking by Christopher Hadnagy
Hadnagy has over 16 years of experience in the security fields.
He is a security consultant, author of 4 social engineering books, and the creator of Social Engineering Village (SEVillage) at DEF CON and DerbyCon.
Here’s what you will learn in this book:
- Tools to collect information about your target
- How to quickly create a psychological profile based on their communication styles
- Tips, tricks, experiences on pretexting
- How to build rapport
- Influence Tactics
- Use body language to make them feel how you want them to feel
- How to apply the principles
- 4 Steps to create mitigation and prevention plan
Human Hacking: Win Friends, Influence People, and Leave Them Better Off for Having Met You by Chris Hadnagy [New]
Chris has used various psychological tactics to gain access to highly secure buildings.
But what if you used that knowledge about human behavior in normal situations?
In this book, he explains how we can make new friends and influence people.
Truth Detector: An ex-FBI Agents Guide for Getting People to Reveal the Truth by Jack Schafer Ph.D. [New]
Jack Schaffer is a former FBI agent who served as a behavioral analyst assigned to the FBI’s National Security Behavioral Analysis Program.
As a social engineer, you need to be able to build rapport with your target and elicit information from them.
Well, “Truth Detector” is a book dedicated to elicitation.
OSINT: Resources for searching and analyzing online information (8th Edition) by Michael Bazzel
Michael spent over 20 years as a government computer crime investigator.
During most of that time, he was assigned to the FBI’s Cyber Crimes Task Force where he focused on various online investigations and source intelligence collection.
After leaving government work, he served as the technical advisor for the first season of “Mr. Robot”.
In this edition, you will learn the latest tools and techniques to collect information about anyone.
The Hacker Playbook 3 by Peter Kim
Peter has over 12 years of experience in penetration testing/red teaming for major financial institutions, large utility companies, Fortune 500 entertainment companies, and government organizations.
THP3 covers every step of a penetration test. And it will help you take your offensive hacking skills to the next level.
Advanced Penetration Testing: Hacking the World’s Most Secure Networks by Wil Allsopp
Wil has over 20 years of experience in all aspects of penetration testing.
He has been engaged in projects and delivered specialist training on four continents.
This book takes hacking far beyond Kali Linux and Metasploit to provide a more complex attack simulation.
It integrates social engineering, programming, and vulnerability exploits into a multidisciplinary approach for targeting and compromising high-security environments.
The Ellipsis Manual by Chase Hughes
He gives practical techniques to understand and influence human behavior.
What are you going to learn?
- How to analyze human behavior
- Recognize and exploit human needs
- How the brain works and its loopholes
The Code of Trust by Robin Dreeke
Robin Dreeke worked as an FBI Counterintelligence agent for about 20 years.
His job was to build rapport with spies, recruiters, or people connected to them so he could elicit information.
The Code of Trust is based on the system Dreeke devised, tested, and implemented during years of fieldwork at the highest levels of national security.
The Charisma Myth by Olivia F. Cabane
It’s one of the best books on charisma.
It’s full of practical tips, action steps, and examples that will help you build a charismatic personality.
Here’s what you are going to learn:
- Three core elements of charisma: Presence, Power, Warmth
- How to deal with discomfort
- Create charismatic mental states
- How to choose the right charisma style
- How to leave a great first impression
- Body Language
- Deal with difficult people
- How to give a great presentation
- Become a charismatic leader in a time of crisis
Covert Persuasion by Kevin Hogan
Kevin is an international public speaker, consultant, and corporate trainer.
He is the author of 24 books on sales and persuasion.
Covert Persuasion is packed with persuasion techniques, NLP phrases, examples, studies…
You will find practical information to influence people.
The Confidence Gap by Russ Harris
It is a comprehensive, no-bullshit guide to building confidence.
He shows you the root cause of why people lack confidence and gives you the tools to achieve your goal.
More Helpful Books:
No Tech Hacking by Johnny Long (Dumpster diving, tailgating, shoulder surfing…)
What Everybody Is Saying by Joe Navarro (Body Language)
Influence by Robert Cialdini (The principles of persuasion)
It’s Not All About “Me” by Robin Dreeke (Rapport building techniques)
How To Win Friends and Influence People (Charisma)
Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High by Kerry Patterson (Communication)
Never Split the Difference by Chris Voss (Negotiation)
Games People Play by Eric Berne (How people interact with each other)
The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene
The Laws of Human Nature by Robert Greene
The Art of War by Sun Tzu
Subliminal: How Your Unconscious Mind Rules Your Behavior by Leonard Mlodinow
Ghost in the Wires: My Adventures as the World’s Most Wanted Hacker by Kevin Mitnick
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