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Low Tech Hacking

Street Smarts for Security Professionals

Criminals using hacking techniques can cost corporations, governments, and individuals millions of dollars each year. While the media focuses on the grand-scale attacks that have been planned for months and executed by teams and countries, there are thousands more that aren't broadcast. Low Tech Hacking focuses on the everyday hacks that, while simple in nature, actually add up to the most significant losses. Attackers are using common techniques like social engineering, wireless hacking, and targeting and surveillance to gain access to valuable data. This book contains detailed descriptions of potential threats and vulnerabilities, many of which the majority of the information systems world may be unaware. Author Jack Wiles spent many years as an inside penetration testing team leader, proving these threats and vulnerabilities exist and their countermeasures work. His contributing authors are among the best in the world in their respective areas of expertise.


Penetration Testers, Internal Auditors, Information Systems Auditors, CIOs, CISOs, Risk Managers, Fraud Investigators, System Administrators, Private Investigators, Ethical Hackers, Black Hat Hackers, Members of Local, State, and Federal Law Enforcement, Corporate Attorneys

Paperback, 264 Pages

Published: December 2011

Imprint: Syngress

ISBN: 978-1-59749-665-0


  • "In Low Tech Hacking: Street Smarts for Security Professionals, the authors, all information security veterans, bring their collective experience to the printed word and show how low-tech hacks can be just as devastating as a large-scale directed attack…Overall, [it] is a value reference for security professionals to use to ensure they are securing their networks adequately, to fend off the average attacker…The authors have written a book that is light on theory, but heavy on actionable things the reader can quickly do to secure their network. And that is a very good thing."--Security Management, February 2013 and other publications

    "In the age of extreme technology, the defenders have made Low Tech a low priority, concentrating more on the common high tech solutions intended to protect organizations. But attackers are resurrecting the art of Low Tech Hacking. The techniques discussed in this book are given new life because they allow attackers to strike at the weakest links: human and physical. This book is the right tool to bring the Low Tech back into focus."--Greg Miles, Ph.D., CISSP, CISA, Principal at Peak Security, Inc.

    "Low Tech Hacking is perfect for waking people up to the dangers that lurk on the Internet and especially in their physical environment. All chapters are littered with helpful tips and warnings, which more often then not include the authors' ‘war stories’ as illustrative examples. And even though the book has been written by five different authors, they all do a great job at keeping the explanations and examples clear and concise, and at making us think for ourselves and consider things we never marked before. In short, I would effectively recommend this book to everyone."--Net-Security.org

    "While the media focuses on grand-scale hacking, companies are losing money every day from simpler hacking techniques. This book, by Jack Wiles, Terry Gudaitis, Jennifer Jabusch, Russ Rogers and Sean Lowther, details less sophisticated hacking techniques, such as social engineering, wireless hacking, and surveillance to gain valuable data, and offers countermeasures."--iWeek Magazine.com

    "All in all, Low Tech Hacking is a great overview of unconventional offensive and defensive methods to secure an organization. It will not make testers experts on physical security or wireless attacks all of a sudden, but it is a lively and useful starting point for further reading and training and a handy reference during an audit, too."--Computers and Security 31 {2012} 738


  • Foreword by Paul A. Henry
    Chapter 1: Social Engineering-The Ultimate Low Tech Hacking Threat
    Chapter 2: Low Tech Vulerabilities-Physical Security
    Chapter 3: More About Locks and Ways to Low Tech Hack Them
    Chapter 4: Low Tech Wireless Hacking
    Chapter 5: Low Tech Targeting and Surveillance-How Much Could They Find Out About You?
    Chapter 6: Low Tech Hacking for the Penetration Tester
    Chapter 7: Low Tech Hacking and the Law-Where Can You Go For Help?
    Chapter 8: Information Security Awareness Training: Your Most Valuable Countermeasure to Employee Risk


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