Social Engineering Experts Launch Book Exploring the Deceptive Art of Phishing

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New book, “Phishing Dark Waters: The Offensive and Defensive Sides of Malicious Emails” examines the motivation and psychology behind phishing attacks and how to develop a corporate education program for this serious threat.

Readers will walk away with a firm understanding of how to catch a phish without becoming live bait.

Christopher Hadnagy and Michele Fincher, practitioners and consultants in human-based security announced today the release of their latest book, “Phishing Dark Waters: The Offensive and Defensive Sides of Malicious Emails.” An excellent resource for both individuals and corporations, the book examines some of the most current and effective phish used by malicious attackers to compromise systems and steal information. Hadnagy and Fincher discuss the underlying psychology behind phishing attacks, outlining how and why phishing works and the principles behind it, fully exposing flaws and detailing innovate mechanisms to defend against it.

With the release of the book, Hadnagy’s third and Fincher’s first, the authors have filled a critical gap in information security literature by providing a unique and holistic approach to addressing this critical topic.

“Despite legislation, user training, public awareness, and technical security, phishing persists because it exploits our natural responses to email requests,” said Hadnagy. “Malicious attackers understand the mechanisms of influence and manipulation and use these to persuade targets to make a bad decision,” added Fincher.

In addition to providing a deep understanding of phishing, the book also provides actionable items for both individuals and organizations to keep resources safe. Readers will walk away with a firm understanding of how to catch a phish without becoming live bait.

“Phishing Dark Waters: The Offensive and Defensive Sides of Malicious Emails,” is available now on Amazon.

About the Authors

Christopher Hadnagy, author of Social Engineering: The Art of Human Hacking, and Unmasking the Social Engineer: The Human Element of Security, specializes in the human aspects of technology. With more than 16 years of experience in technology, he is CEO of Social-Engineer, Inc. and a frequent speaker at major security conferences.

Michele Fincher possesses more than 20 years experience as a behavioral scientist, researcher, and information security professional. She is a senior penetration tester and Chief Influencing Agent at Social-Engineer, Inc.

About Social-Engineer, Inc.

Social‐Engineer, Inc. is the premier consulting and training company specializing in the art and science of social engineering (SE). Social tactics are an established and quickly growing trend in information security in the forms of phishing, phone elicitation (vishing), and impersonation.
With over three decades of combined experience, Social-Engineer assists organizations in government, law enforcement, and the private sector in detection and mitigation of the devastating effects of both physical and information breaches. Social-Engineer focuses on the abilities of a hostile attacker to exploit the human element of businesses to gain access to corporate assets. Through assessment, education and training Social-Engineer helps organizations protect themselves and their trade secrets. To learn more about professional social engineering services please visit:

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