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Christopher James Hadnagy is an American security consultant, author and professional social engineer. He is in the field of social engineering (SE) and authored three books: Social Engineering: The Art of Human Hacking, Unmasking the Social Engineer, and Phishing Dark Waters.
Professional SE career
Hadnagy began his technical career with his own business, AREESA Computers.
Hadnagy worked with the team that created BackTrack (now Kali).
Hadnagy holds certifications as an Offensive Security Certified Professional (OSCP) and an Offensive Security Wireless Professional (OSWP).
History with DEF CON
Hadnagy founded the Social Engineering Capture the Flag (SECTF) competition at the 2010 DEF CON hacker convention.[better source needed] Hadnagy was involved in organizing the 2014 competition.
In 2011, Hadnagy developed SECTF4Kids for DEF CON 19 with the stated intention of teaching younger generations social engineering skills. In 2014 the SECTF4Kids was made an official DEF CON event rather than one of the kids' events.
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