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The Social-Engineer Podcast is about humans. Understanding how we interact, communicate and relay information can help us protect, mitigate and understand social engineering attacks

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Ep. 134 – Altered Memories and Alternate Realities with Dr. Elizabeth Loftus

In this episode, Chris Hadnagy and Ryan MacDougall are joined by distinguished professor: Elizabeth Loftus. Listen in to understand the vulnerabilities in human memories and how they are sometimes exploited. Learn to defend against attacks on your memory and how this info can be applied in the information security industry.   00:01 – Introduction to Elizabeth Loftus and her research on the malleability of human memory.  01:41 – Elizabeth's reasoning for researching human memory.   03:12 – What our faulty memory means for eyewitness testimonies.  04:20 – How the phrasing of a question can distort someone's memory.   06:27 – Is it possible to verify the accuracy of a memory?  10:34 – Trying hard to remember something can sometimes lead to the creation of a false memory.  11:22 – Elizabeth's experience with the trial of George Franklin.  14:13 – How can we protect ourselves from having our memories modified?  14:21 – The similarities between preventing false memories and preventing scams.   20:40 – “What the heck is going on in the world of Social-Engineer: COVID Style.”  Practical Open Source Intelligence For Everyday Social Engineers 11-12 November 2020 - VIRTUAL Advanced Practical Social Engineering Training 17-20 November, 2020 - VIRTUAL The Human Hacking Conference - Orlando, FL March 11-13, 2021 2021 Training Schedule Book: Human Hacking: Win Friends, Influence People, and Leave Them Better Off for Having Met You Website: social-engineer.com Website: social-engineer.org 25:43 – How hypnosis therapy often generates false memories.   30:21 – How to protect yourself from having your memories altered.  32:58 – The prevalence and impact of misinformation on social media.  38:30 – Elizabeth’s website, Ted Talk and books.  Elizabeth F. Loftus’ UCI School of Social Ecology Website Ted Talk at TedGlobal 2013 Books by Elizabeth 39:44 – Elizabeth’s book recommendations.  Mistakes Were Made (but Not by Me) 41:50 – Outro   Social-Engineer.org Newsletter Framework Blog Social-Engineer.com The Innocent Lives Foundation The Innocent Lives Foundation on Twitter The Human Hacking Conference The Human Hacking Conference on Twitter Human Hacking Book Chris on Twitter Social-Engineer on Twitter Social-Engineer on Facebook Social-Engineer on LinkedIn Social-Engineer on Instagram Social-Engineer on Slack 


12 Oct 2020

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Ep. 125 - Using Deception Detection Techniques Daily with William Ortiz

In Episode 125, host Chris Hadnagy speaks with William Ortiz, a federal polygraph examiner who worked in the FBI for decades. In this discussion, you’ll learn how the polygraph works, how people try to fool the polygraph, and what agents and attorneys are really after when they receive the results of a polygraph examination. You’ll also hear some tips and tricks about deception that can inform your everyday interactions. 3 Key Points:   Polygraph is a tool alongside non-verbals and behavior analysis questions to determine whether someone is telling the truth.    Being nervous is part of taking the polygraph test. Being nervous will not affect the test, but helps to establish your baseline.  3.   When you ask someone a question, pay attention to whether they answer it. Then ask more questions to see where they lead.


13 Jan 2020

Rank #2

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Ep. 137 – Human Hacking With Chris Hadnagy

In this special episode, Chris Hadnagy joins Maxie Reynolds to talk about the amazing stories and useful lessons contained in Chris’s new book: “Human Hacking: Win Friends, Influence People, and Leave Them Better Off for Having Met You”. Listen as Chris delves into the process of making “Human Hacking” and shares the awesome story behind its inception. Maxie and Chris also discuss the importance of empathy especially when it comes to hacking humans.   Chris a global security expert and master hacker. He is the founder and CEO of Social-Engineer, LLC, the creator of the popular Social Engineer Podcast, website, and newsletter, and designed “Advanced Practical Social Engineering,” the first hands-on social engineering training course and certification for law enforcement, military, and private sector professionals.   00:09 – Introduction to Maxie Reynolds 02:13 – Introduction to Christopher Hadnagy’s brand-new book: “Human Hacking: Win Friends, Influence People, and Leave Them Better Off for Having Met You”  02:51 – Human-hacking is a skill that can be used in everyday life by everyday people  04:19 – What it means to “Leave Them Better Off for Having Met You”  05:50 – “The martial art of the mind” and how a malicious person could use it for harm  07:39 – Empathy and why it is so important when hacking humans  09:21 – Showing empathy while amygdala hijacked  11:40 – Empathy is more than just putting yourself in someone else’s shoes  14:15 – Empathy is often hierarchical  16:33 – The power of “I’m sorry”  18:02 – Why understanding the meaning behind someone’s actions is so important  21:48 – Accuracy of the stories told in the book  24:15 – The process of co-authoring the book with Seth Schulman  26:43 – The amazing story of how the book came to be  31:16 – How to fight the isolation and social awkwardness brought by technology and, more recently, COVID-19.  34:46 – Giving your feedback on the book  36:20 – A distillation of the “Advanced Practical Social Engineering” course, made applicable to everyone  40:50 – Socially engineering the world’s best rock band  43:51 - “Quick Fire Questions”:  44:04 – Chris's favorite story in the book  45:04 – Is there a stage in child development where less empathy is shown?  46:10 – Would the new book have helped teenage Chris?  48:01 – Is it as nicer to feel empathy yourself or receive it from someone else?  49:49 – Balance is required when teaching empathy.  51:19 – How we can all better our communities by learning to “Win Friends, Influence People, and Leave Them Better Off for Having Met You”  53:35 – Chris's book recommendations  Without Conscience: The Disturbing World of the Psychopaths Among Us Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder The Dictionary of Body Language: A Field Guide to Human Behavior  54:56 – Outro  Human Hacking Book Website Human Hacking Book Amazon Maxie on Twitter Chris on Twitter Social-Engineer on Twitter SEVillage: The Human Hacking Conference Social-Engineer.org Social-Engineer.com The Innocent Lives Foundation Clutch 


11 Jan 2021

Rank #3

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Ep. 090 - Pro-tips on becoming a professional social engineer

The single most asked question is "What do I need to do to be a professional social engineer?" This month is devoted to talking to our team.  Folks who had almost no SE experience before working with SECOM and now lead the market in all things SE. Enjoy our new format while we talk about these topics: Why is vishing so hard? How can you become a master phisherman? Pro-tips on SE Red Teaming? The team's favorite books? What Laurie would sound like if she was a 12 year boy? Why does Kaz not understand Twitter? So much more.... Book List: Dan: The Phoenix Project: A Novel about IT, DevOps, and Helping Your Business Win by Gene Kim and Kevin Behr Bryan: CS Lewis - Chronicles of Narnia Lee: Cryptonomicon Mass Market Paperback – by Neal Stephenson Laurie: Of Sudden Origin - C Chase Hardwood Amanda: Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking - Susan Cain Colin: Something Missing - Matthew Dicks Amaya: At The Crossing Places -Kevin Crossley-Holland Kaz: Any book on Twitter Mike: Phishing Dark Waters - Hadnagy/Fincher Michele: Fight Club - Chuck Palahniuk Chris: Presence -Amy Cuddy

1hr 6mins

13 Feb 2017

Rank #4

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Ep. 129 – Should You Be Inauthentic with Mark Bowden

Episode Highlights: Mark shares his thought on being inauthentic. How he started in the nonverbal world and how he got engaged in writing books. Discusses being dyslexic, but reading images and creating images and critically thinking about images was easy for him. Key Points: Do not mistake truths from facts they are not the same. If you tell a story and you massage some of the facts you sometimes get a stronger clearer truth from the story. People first need to think that it's valuable then believe that its true, so they go and use it. Resources Mentioned: www.truthplane.com The Dictionary of Body Language by Joe Navarro (book) The Ellipsis Manual by Chase Hughes (book) Truth and Lies: What People are Really Thinking Mark Bowden (book)


11 May 2020

Rank #5

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Ep. 126 - Conversational Intelligence with Nicklas Balboa

3 Key Points:   Conversational intelligence helps us understand how our brains and bodies interact  to create our experiences and how we can learn to control our experiences. The Conversational Intelligence Matrix describes three levels of conversation: transactional, positional, and transformational.  In order to improve CIQ, an individual must begin recognizing reality gaps, asking  more questions of others, and letting their guard down.


10 Feb 2020

Rank #6

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Ep. 059 – Legal Stalking and Other Scary Tales from Michael Bazzell

Information is the life blood of the social engineer.  Knowing how to obtain, locate, catalog and use all the info and their resources can be a daunting job.  Our guest this month, Michael Bazzell, has made a career out of it. July 14, 2014 - See more at: http://www.social-engineer.org/podcast/ep-059-legal-stalking-scary-tales-michael-bazzell/#sthash.e5PTAVyW.dpuf

1hr 14mins

14 Jul 2014

Rank #7

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Ep 095 - Spies Like Us: From Standup to the CIA

Emily Brandwin may be one of the funniest guests we have had on the show.  She is an ex-CIA agent, ex-Stand up comic, present day comedy writer.  No, we are serious. You will enjoy this conversation where: We find out how a haiku landed her in the CIA? Why did she even apply in the first place? Pretexting, pretexting and more pretexting - top tips from a spy Does Chris really own a cat suit? Can he truly speak pirate? There is just so much more.... This is one to not miss! Emily, like many of you, is an avid reader and gives us an amazing list of books this month: The Things We Tell Ourselves: A Novel by Victoria Namkung Everybody’s got something by Robin Roberts Patti LuPone: A Memoir by Patti LuPone The Bedwetter: Stories of Courage, Redemption, and Pee by Sarah Silverman Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhoodby Trevor Noah


10 Jul 2017

Rank #8

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Ep. 075 - Scam Schooling The Social Engineer

If you took 10 billion parts high energy, 10 billion parts social engineer and 10 billion parts raw awesome and blended them together, poured them in a mold and let them gel it would come out this month's guest.  Brian Brushwood is all that and more..... Nov 9, 2015

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9 Nov 2015

Rank #9

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Ep. 115 - Leading Everyone like Dogs with Chase Hughes

Chase Hughes is an ex-military Chief that wanted to learn how to better the study of influence. He wanted to see if he could teach anyone to use these skills fast and with precision.  Join us this month as we discuss this very topic with Chase and try to answer: Can we train people in influence like we train animals? Can we control our own minds to condition ourselves to not be influenced? Can we change how we react to fear, anger or other emotions? So much more... You can follow Chase on his Twitter account: https://twitter.com/thechasehughes Check out Chase's book. The Ellipsis Manual  and also his book recommendation, Be the Pack Leader by Cesar Milan


11 Mar 2019

Rank #10

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Ep. 104 - Having the Courage To Create a Tribe with Dov Baron

How important is fitting into a tribe? Can you create a new tribe? If you do, will you be all alone? This month's guest, the fascinating Dov Baron, explores these questions and more. You can find Dov on his website at: http://FullMontyLeadership.com You can buy his book, Fiercely Loyal on Amazon

1hr 6mins

9 Apr 2018

Rank #11

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Ep. 058 - How to Control Your Self Control

Self control is one thing we know little about, but thanks to new research we are understanding more of what it is and how we can control our self control.  Join the SEPodcast crew while they chat with Dr. Inzlicht as we discuss this fascinating topic.

1hr 6mins

8 Jun 2014

Rank #12

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Ep. 078 - Curiosity, Trust and Getting Zen with Robin Dreeke

Join us for another amazing episode with one of our favorite guests Robin Dreeke. He helps us with: Building on the 10 steps to rapport How do we apply the 5 steps to trust? Can this really make you more zen? What is the name of his new book? What is this?  We are HORNSBY FREE!! Follow Robin on Twitter or visit his website www.peopleformula.com


8 Feb 2016

Rank #13

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Ep. 103 - How To Be A Good Parent With Michael Bazzell

Michael Bazzell spent 18 years as a government computer crime investigator. During the majority of that time, he was assigned to the FBI's Cyber Crimes Task Force where he focused on open source intelligence, hacking cases, and personal data removal methods. As an active investigator for multiple organizations, he has been involved in numerous high-tech criminal investigations including online child solicitation, child abduction, kidnapping, cold-case homicide, terrorist threats, and high level computer intrusions. He has trained thousands of individuals in the use of his investigative techniques and privacy control strategies. This month Michael talks about: Some actionable OSINT tips you can use now! His new book that you must read Tips on parenting, that we doubt you will want to follow His VM operating system that contains so many tools it could make an OSINT'er drool So much more.... Make sure to check out his Twitter Account: inteltechniques and his podcast The Complete Privacy & Security Podcast Micahel's new book: Open Source Intelligence Techniques: Resources for Searching and Analyzing Online Information is a must read and he recommends our listeners check out: Salt: A World History by Mark Kurlansky We know you will enjoy this episode!


12 Mar 2018

Rank #14

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Ep. 117 – Fixing marriages, teenagers and saving hostages with Chris Voss

Chris Voss is an author, and professor. His is also a former FBI hostage negotiator, the CEO of The Black Swan Group Ltd, and co-author of the book, Never Split the Difference. Chris discusses: What are negotiation skills? How are they useful in every day life What is tactical empathy What is a black swan? Can you really use these skills to save lives? So much more!! Chris can be found on his website: https://blackswanltd.com/ and you can also find him on Twitter at: https://twitter.com/vossnegotiation He recommended a few books for us this month: The Rise of Superman: Decoding the Science of Ultimate Human Performance by Steven Kotler The Talent Code: Greatness Isn't Born. It's Grown. Here's How. by Daniel Coyle The Culture Code: The Secrets of Highly Successful Groups by Daniel Coyle


6 May 2019

Rank #15

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Ep. 074 - Sounds like Phishy Business to Me

Phishing is the number one security threat to organizations around the globe.  Yet only a fraction of the companies that control our services, infrastructure and resources are educating their people how to combat this threat.  Why?  Lets discuss with Mark Chapman.... Oct 12, 2015

1hr 7mins

12 Oct 2015

Rank #16

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Ep. 069 – Putting the Psych into PSYOP

PSYOP, or psychological operations, is a fascinating topic that we will be delving into with our guest, Jimmy Do. May 11, 2015

1hr 13mins

11 May 2015

Rank #17

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Ep. 098 - Winning the SECTF with Chris & Rachel

Chris Kirsch, the 1st place winner of the SECTF, is a returning competitor that came back to prove to himself how and why he CAN win this competition after his previous attempt was ...um... not so great. Rachel Tobac is our scariest competitor but also one of our most positive and sweetest.  She comes back to yet again take 2nd place in the SECTF this year. We will discuss: What helped you win? What is one of the most important lessons? Would you recommend others try the SECTF?   Do you want to see their entrance videos? Chris Kirsch: https://youtu.be/2FUkbes6Wgc Rachel Tobac: https://youtu.be/UuWRT4rpmX8


9 Oct 2017

Rank #18