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February 15, 2011

Best Books on Hacking and Defense Security


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These Hacking books are all part of a genre of books that show, in detail, the methods, tools, tricks and techniques used by professional hackers and crackers to find and exploit the holes in your network. Rather than simply teaching people "how to hack" these hacking books go one step further and tell you how to protect yourself and defend your network from these attacks. These are my Top Picks and Best Collated Hacking Books for this category of books.

1. Hacking: The Art of Exploitation, 2nd Edition

Hacking is the art of creative problem solving, whether that means finding an unconventional solution to a difficult problem or exploiting holes in sloppy programming. Many people call themselves hackers, but few have the strong technical foundation needed to really push the envelope.

Rather than merely showing how to run existing exploits, author Jon Erickson explains how arcane hacking techniques actually work. To share the art and science of hacking in a way that is accessible to everyone, Hacking: The Art of Exploitation, 2nd Edition introduces the fundamentals of C programming from a hacker's perspective.

Hackers are always pushing the boundaries, investigating the unknown, and evolving their art. Even if you don't already know how to program, Hacking: The Art of Exploitation, 2nd Edition will give you a complete picture of programming, machine architecture, network communications, and existing hacking techniques. Combine this knowledge with the included Linux environment, and all you need is your own creativity.

2. Hacking Exposed: Network Security Secrets and Solutions, Sixth Edition

A lot of computer-security textbooks approach the subject from a defensive point of view. "Do this, and probably you'll survive a particular kind of attack," they say. In refreshing contrast, Hacking Exposed, Second Edition talks about security from an offensive angle. A Jane's-like catalog of the weaponry that black-hat hackers use is laid out in full. Readers see what programs are out there, get a rundown on what the programs can do, and benefit from detailed explanations of concepts (such as wardialing and rootkits) that most system administrators kind of understand, but perhaps not in detail.

The book also walks through how to use the more powerful and popular hacker software, including L0phtCrack. This new edition has been updated extensively, largely with the results of "honeypot" exercises (in which attacks on sacrificial machines are monitored) and Windows 2000 public security trials. There's a lot of new stuff on e-mail worms, distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks, and attacks that involve routing protocols.

3. Hacking For Dummies

It's bad enough when a hack occurs-stealing identities, bank accounts, and personal information. But when the hack could have been prevented by taking basic security measures-like the ones described in this book-somehow that makes a bad situation even worse. This beginner guide to hacking examines some of the best security measures that exist and has been updated to cover the latest hacks for Windows 7 and the newest version of Linux.

Offering increased coverage of Web application hacks, database hacks, VoIP hacks, and mobile computing hacks, this guide addresses a wide range of vulnerabilities and how to identify and prevent them. Plus, you'll examine why ethical hacking is oftentimes the only way to find security flaws, which can then prevent any future malicious attacks.
  • Explores the malicious hackers's mindset so that you can counteract or avoid attacks completely
  • Covers developing strategies for reporting vulnerabilities, managing security changes, and putting anti-hacking policies and procedures in place
  • Completely updated to examine the latest hacks to Windows 7 and the newest version of Linux
  • Explains ethical hacking and why it is essential
Hacking For Dummies, 3rd Edition shows you how to put all the necessary security measures in place so that you avoid becoming a victim of malicious hacking.

4. The Best of 2600: A Hacker Odyssey

Since 1984, the quarterly magazine 2600 has provided fascinating articles for readers who are curious about technology. Find the best of the magazine’s writing in Best of 2600: A Hacker Odyssey, a collection of the strongest, most interesting, and often most controversial articles covering 24 years of changes in technology, all from a hacker’s perspective. Included are stories about the creation of the infamous tone dialer “red box” that allowed hackers to make free phone calls from payphones, the founding of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and the insecurity of modern locks.

5. Social Engineering: The Art of Human Hacking

From elicitation, pretexting, influence and manipulation all aspects of social engineering are picked apart, discussed and explained by using real world examples, personal experience and the science behind them to unraveled the mystery in social engineering.

Kevin Mitnick—one of the most famous social engineers in the world—popularized the term “social engineering.” He explained that it is much easier to trick someone into revealing a password for a system than to exert the effort of hacking into the system. Mitnick claims that this social engineering tactic was the single-most effective method in his arsenal. This indispensable book examines a variety of maneuvers that are aimed at deceiving unsuspecting victims, while it also addresses ways to prevent social engineering threats.
  • Examines social engineering, the science of influencing a target to perform a desired task or divulge information
  • Arms you with invaluable information about the many methods of trickery that hackers use in order to gather information with the intent of executing identity theft, fraud, or gaining computer system access
  • Reveals vital steps for preventing social engineering threats
Social Engineering: The Art of Human Hacking does its part to prepare you against nefarious hackers—now you can do your part by putting to good use the critical information within its pages

6. Hacking Exposed Linux, 3rd Edition

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This authoritative guide will help you secure your Linux network--whether you use Linux as a desktop OS, for Internet services, for telecommunications, or for wireless services. Completely rewritten the ISECOM way, Hacking Exposed Linux, Third Edition provides the most up-to-date coverage available from a large team of topic-focused experts. The book is based on the latest ISECOM security research and shows you, in full detail, how to lock out intruders  and defend your Linux systems against catastrophic attacks.

  • Secure Linux by using attacks and countermeasures from the latest OSSTMM research
  • Follow attack techniques of PSTN, ISDN, and PSDN over Linux
  • Harden VoIP, Bluetooth, RF, RFID, and IR devices on Linux
  • Block Linux signal jamming, cloning, and eavesdropping attacks
  • Apply Trusted Computing and cryptography tools for your best defense
  • Fix vulnerabilities in DNS, SMTP, and Web 2.0 services
  • Prevent SPAM, Trojan, phishing, DoS, and DDoS exploits
  • Find and repair errors in C code with static analysis and Hoare Logic
If you really want to enhance your hacking skills I employ you to get hold of these best hacking books. I will be adding more useful hacking books that can help develop your ability to solve both simple and complex computer problems because that what hacking generally means.

    5 Responses to “Best Books on Hacking and Defense Security”

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    February 18, 2011 at 5:47 AM

    I tried many sites to learn hacking but could not find any of resource. but your blog have huge amount of info on hacking thanks for sharing it with us. i will surly subscribe to your blog to get full advantage.


    Ifeanyi said...
    February 18, 2011 at 3:15 PM

    thanks for subscribing....


    Knot Crab said...
    May 9, 2011 at 8:19 PM

    Hacking: The Art of Exploitation is a wonderful book... it helped me alot during my days in school especially during my computer science final year project.


    Kennedy said...
    June 25, 2011 at 5:30 PM

    I just bought Hacking: The Art of Exploitation, 2nd Edition... it was recommended by a friend, i just i would learn a lot from it


    Ashish said...
    April 9, 2013 at 10:20 AM

    Nice Collection. But any one please suggest a book on wireless penetration testing ? I know one book called "Backtrack - 5 Wireless Penetration testing"
    any other book ? with full of practicals like this one ?


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