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Head Hacking : The Magic of Suggestion and Perception

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This is the talk I gave at BruCON 2010. The focus of the talk is the journey of studying NLP, Hypnosis and Mentalism, to really realise the power of language over the human mind, and how we can use this as social engineers, to become the master manipulators.

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Head Hacking : The Magic of Suggestion and Perception

  1. Head Hacking : The Magic of Suggestion and Perception Dale Pearson
  2. The contents of this presentation are the result of my own research, experiences and opinions, and not that of my employer or associated clients.
  3. Just by reading this, you are allowing me control of a small piece of your mind Thank You 
  4. Its not you, its ME Head Hacker InfoSec  Professional     Social  Engineer   Hypno4st     Mentalist     Geek  
  5. What’s on the cards? •  Types  of  Social  Engineer   •  Best  tool  for  the  job   •  Journey  to  enlightenment   •  What  you  can  do   •  Become  Mindful  
  6. What is social engineering?   •  Wikipedia  -­‐  Social  engineering  is  the   act  of  manipula4ng  people  into   performing  ac4ons  or  divulging   confiden4al  informa4on,  rather  than   by  breaking  in  or  using  technical   cracking  techniques;  essen4ally  a   fancier,  more  technical  way  of  lying.   •  JEDI  Powers??  Mind  Control??  
  7. Types of Social Engineer
  8. Type 1 : Opportunist •  AOrac4ve  Individual   •  Available   •  Got  some  skills   •  First  4mer   •  Infrequent  
  9. Type 2 : Natural Confidence   •  Talks  the  Talk   •  Not  always  walking  the  walk   •  Good  communicator   •  Comfortable  interac4ng   •  Lacks  exper4se  
  10. Type 3 : Professional   •  Skilled  in  InfoSec   •  Regimented   •  Knowledgeable   •  More  Art,  less  Science  
  11. Type 4 : Seasoned Pro   •  Repeatable  process   •  Experience   •  Handles  confronta4on   •  Passionate   •  Knows  everything  
  12. Type 5 : Master Manipulator   •  Understanding  of  how  and  why   •  Has  a  game  plan   •  Mul4ple  outs   •  Passion  and  Dedica4on   •  Tried  and  Tested   •  Constant  Evolu4on   •  Crea4ve   •  Cocky  
  13. Be The Master Manipulator   Utilise the Power of your Mind, Linguistics and Observation  
  14. Best tool for the job   •  Limbic  System  –  Animalis4c  –   Fight  of  Flight   •  Subconscious  –  Power  House  –   11,000,000  pieces  of   informa4on  a  second   •  Conscious  –  Our  Reality  –                 16  to  40  pieces  of  informa4on,   1,680,000  MHz  Pen4um  Processor   based  on  what  we  perceive  to   be  priority  informa4on  
  15. Get Committed   •  Focus   •  Planned  Path   •  Persuasion   •  Agreement   •  Choosing  the  right  ear   •  We  stay  true  to  what  we  say  
  16. Make The Leap
  17. BECAUSE
  18. N L P  
  19. Richard Bandler
  20. John Grinder
  21. Neuro Linguistic Programming   •  Study  of  Therapy   •  NOT  Science   •  Art  /  Process    
  22. Rapport?  
  23. Re  Frame  
  24. Make it so… What would it take to make it happen
  25. NLP Pattern Examples •  Redefini4on  –  Change  Focus  and  Ques4on   •  Agreement  –  Agree  on  the  nega4ve,  focus  to   posi4ve,  your  idea  /  requirement   •  Awareness  –  Bring  aOen4on  to  something,  key   words   •  Interrup4on  –  Confusion,  Overflow,   Derailment  
  26. Disappointed
  27. Trust Me I’m A Hypnotist  
  28. Hypnosis   •  Been  around  since  the  1840’s   •  Based  on  neuro-­‐hypntosism   •  James  Braid  (Scodsh  Surgeon)   •  Wakeful  state  of  focused  aOen4on  
  29. Hypnosis   •  Focused  AOen4on   •  Subconscious  Communica4on   •  Art  of  vagueness  and  assump4on   •  Rapid  Induc4on  Techniques   •  Stateful  Inspec4on   •  Keep  It  Simple  
  30. Dave Elman
  31. Milton Erickson
  32. Anthony Jacquin
  33. David Calof
  34. James Tripp
  35. Negative = Positive   I don’t want you to think of a Pink Elephant  
  36. Guardian of the Mind  
  37. Buffer Overflow   •  PaOern  Interrupt   •  7+  Open  Loops   •  Memory  Processing  Limit   •  Confusion  |  Ambiguity   •  Create  a  YES  set    
  38. Reinforcement   •  Pacing  and  Leading   •  Direct  and  Indirect   •  Share  the  Experience   •  Perspec4ve  of  the  subject  
  39. Games we play  
  40. Alternate Reality   •  Alter  the  scenario   •  Modify  the  game   •  Truth  &  Lies  
  41. Hypnotic Phenomena Something for Everyone
  42. Amnesia
  43. Catalepsy
  44. Ideomotor
  45. Anaesthesia / Analgesia
  46. Hallucination
  47. Regression / Progression
  48. Time Distortion
  49. Posthypnotic Suggestion
  50. http://www.youtube.com/user/headhacking http://www.headhacker.net/videos/
  51. Mentalism   •  Magic   •  Illusion   •  Cold  Reading   •  Mind  Control   •  Psychological  Subtle4es   •  Telepathy   •  Hypnosis  
  52. Baseline   Visual  –  Auditory  -­‐  Kinesthetic
  53. Practice, Practice, Practice  
  54. To Fail is To Learn   www.adamhribar.com Difficult isn't Impossible  
  55. Why Worry?
  56. Human Exploitation is Wrong
  57. Unless its your friendly social engineer Why so serious??
  58. ETHICAL
  59. Protection   •  Educate   •  Empower   •  Test   •  Communicate   •  Make  it  personal   •  Don’t  be  a  target   •  Be  Mindful  
  60. Never Stop Learning   Experience, Exposure, Knowledge  
  61. INPUT… MORE INPUT  
  62. Thanks for lending me your  
  63. Tell me what you’re not thinking about   hOp://www.headhacker.net             @headhacking  @daleapearson   dale@headhacker.net    

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