Hacking the mind

Not a new concept, but the relationship between traditional mysticism (eastern and western) and computer hacking is more compelling than it may look like at first glance.

Mke Murray’s  “Hacking the Mind” talk at HOPE this year just proves my point.

As they put it:

 The similarities between the methods used to exploit a computer network and the language patterns involved in hypnosis and neuro linguistic programming (NLP) are striking. In this talk, nCircle’s director of vulnerability research Mike Murray (who is also a Master NLP practitioner and certified clinical hypnotherapist) will demonstrate the use of hypnotic language patterns, metaphors, and other patterns of influence, as well as showing how a good hypnotist structures inductions in a similar way to the methods of a skilled computer hacker. Hypnotic analogues to buffer overflows, shellcode, and other types of computer attacks will be demonstrated, leaving the audience with a deeper appreciation for language patterns and their effect on the human mind.

Read more at Eric Nehrlich blog