Anatomy of a Hack
Although a bit dated, this is a fascinating article from Joan Goodchild at csoonline.com – detailing how one social engineering expert got access to very sensitive information with “little more than a thrift-shop shirt, a plate of cookies and a Linksys box”.
One thing I have learned is that cookies are the keys to everyone’s heart. When I’m doing the type of exercise where I’m posing as a tech, or a VAR, I like to bring cookies. I did for this exercise and I started passing out cookies to everyone in the area. We were all laughing, having a great time. Meanwhile, we were in the middle of hacking their entire network.
—Social Engineering: Anatomy of a Hack (February 04, 2009)