Social Engineering Defense Contractors on LinkedIn and Facebook: Who's plugged into your employees? (BONUS Episode)

Top Secret cleared staff and employees have 'protocol' and rules to follow -but what if they don't follow them?

This is a recording of Jordan Harbinger’s 2012 talk at DerbyCon Infosecurity conference, entitled:

Social Engineering Defense Contractors on LinkedIn and Facebook: Who’s plugged into your employees?


Sure, Top Secret cleared staff and employees have ‘protocol’ and rules to follow regarding internet use and social media -but what if they don’t (or won’t) follow them? What if they’re looking to jump ship and no longer care about policy? I put this question to the test and mined confidential information from dozens of contractors and personnel from law enforcement, the military and high-profile defense contractors by using LinkedIn and other social media, all from home and nearly all of it using only my phone…


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Here’s a video of the talk itself:
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Here’s some press coverage of the talk:
The Verge
CSO Online

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Jordan Harbinger - author of 608 posts on The Art of Charm

Jordan Harbinger has spent several years abroad in Europe and the developing world, including South America, Eastern Europe, and the Middle East, and speaks several languages. He has also worked for various governments and NGOs overseas, traveled through war zones, and been kidnapped -- twice. He’ll tell you the only reason he’s still alive and kicking is because of his ability to talk his way into (and out of) just about any type of situation. Here at The Art of Charm, Jordan shares that experience, and the system borne as a result, with students and clients.


  • ytb

    truly a unique episode indeed! I love how you incorporated pua stuff into security/hacking and how even the simplest pua jokes “yoga…” “now everyone is writing it down” generated such a response

    • Jordan Harbinger

      Haha yeah thanks. The audience really dug this talk and I ended up in a few articles and even an NPR segment because of it.