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The Best Hacking Books To Learn Ethical Hacking

10 Best Hacking Books of all time

In the last post, I discussed 25 Best Hacking Movies, if you have not checked the post, do check that out first.

Admit it guys, when you first turned on the internet, or when you first watched any Hollywood computer based movie, you were fascinated by the word “Hacking” and always wanted to learn it and hack stuff either for personal use or for fun or for revenge, the reason might be anything, but if you are reading this post, then even you know it that at one point or the other in your life, you aspired to become a Hacker.

Why will you not? The way these movies portray the cool character of hackers and their ability to hack anything by just tapping a few random keystrokes on the desktop, and get access to in almost ANYTHING. Who wouldn’t want to be like that, some fool maybe? But the reality is far away from these movies, in reality, you cant access or hack any data by just tapping a few keystrokes or hack any server in just five minutes, nor every hacker is a nerd who wears thick glasses. There are many myths shown in movies which appear to be a striking contrast in reality. but who cares, after all, it is a movie and it is for entertainment purpose, right, so let’s chill a bit down and get back to our post.

Today, we will be discussing 10 Best Hacking Books of all time. Unlike my previous post 25 Best Hacking Movies, which didn’t teach you hacking but it served you with a three-hour entertainment and inspiration to step into the hacking world. This post will surely teach you Hacking if you are very much interested. Mind you, this post is just for educational purposes, so after reading the books mentioned here, if you become an unethical hacker, I am no way to be held responsible :p

Best Ethical Hacking Books PDF.

1) Hacking: The Art Of Exploitation (Second Edition)

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This post will be incomplete if we didn’t mention about this  hacking book. This book is one of the best hacking books written by Jon Erickson, who is a computer security expert and has worked as vulnerability researcher and computer security specialist. The introduction of the book states that “hacking should only be done within the confines of the law, and only for productive reasons”. This book will teach you programming, exploitation, networking, shellcodes, countermeasures, and cryptology. this book is a very interesting read. Give it a shot if you want to learn to hack. You can buy this book from Amazon.

2) Hacking: Computer Hacking

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The book’s full name is Hacking: Computer Hacking Beginners Guide How to Hack Wireless Network, Basic Security, and Penetration Testing, Kali Linux, Your First Hack. This book is written by Alan T. Norman, who is an ethical hacker in San Francisco city. This book teaches you how to stay safe from hacking attacks and how to be one step ahead in protecting your device from being compromised or hacked. This book will teach you the techniques of unethical as well as ethical hackers and what they do in order to hack stuff. It provides a complete overview of hacking, cracking and their effects.

3) The Hacker Playbook 2: Practical Guide To Penetration Testing

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Like a businessman should never show up without a solid business plan, similarly, ethical hackers, security researchers as well as IT professionals, shouldn’t show up unprepared. This book teaches you about various types of attacks and in-depth about cybersecurity. Written by Peter Kim, who is the CEO of Secure Planet, LLC, a global penetration testing company. He is cybersecurity and penetration field from past ten years and has an immense wealth of knowledge about penetration. Kim has a wide variety of certifications from Sec+, GCIH, GCWN, GWAPT, GXPN, and GMOB. His research has been featured on Wired, CNN, and various other media publishing outlets. he has a unique way of explaining penetration testing, in this book he explains it with the various football styles play.This book is a must-read for anyone who wants to get an in-depth insight of Penetration.

4) The Basics of Hacking and Penetration Testing: Ethical Hacking and Penetration Testing Made Easy (Syngress Basics Series)

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This book covers all the basics of penetration and hacking and you don’t need to have any prior hacking knowledge in order to start reading the book, that is the essence of this book. Written by Patrick Engebretson, who is a hacker, pentester and an author several books. It tells you how to perform an ethical hack from start to end. It teaches you how to use modern-day hacking tools effectively to complete a penetration test. It helps people to gain knowledge about offensive security and careers in it. This book is divided into seven chapters, each chapter being explained with perfectly illustrated examples, in order for better understanding. This book is named as The Best Hacking books of 2011

5) Metasploit: The Penetration Tester’s Guide

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The Metasploit tool is widely used by Security Consultants all over the globe. The tool might be hard to grasp for first time users. This book fills the gap. It teaches you how to make use of the open-source Metasploit framework. After learning penetration testing, you will be learning about Framework’s modules, interfaces and will move on to advanced penetration techniques like wireless attacks, targeted social engineering attacks and a lot more.
In the end of the book, you will be given an actual penetration test, to provide you with a realistic experience.

6)BackTrack 5 Wireless Penetration Testing Beginner’s Guide

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This book is written by an Indian author Vivek Ramachandran who is a renowned security researcher. Expert in computer and network security, computer forensics, exploit research, embedded systems security, and wireless security. He was Featured in the India Top 10 list in the Microsoft Security Shootout contest. Coming to the book part, this book contains no bullshit justifications and gives you what you want.It focuses on crystal clear tutorials, instead of theoretical concepts. In order to read this book, you should be familiar with backtrack and the basic concept of wireless security. You can easily grasp the concept to perform a wireless attack in your lab. This book is a must-read if you are serious about getting yourself a career in Information Security and you will learn a lot of new things and acquire plenty of skills.

7) CEH Certified Ethical Hacker All-in-One Exam Guide

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This is unquestionably one of the well-written books of all time.Written by Matt Walker, who is  CCNA, CCNP, MCSE, CEH, CNDA, CPTS certified. He is an IT security expert. This book, as the title suggests contains all in-depth concepts about hacking right from introduction to ethical hacking to penetration testing, Hacking web servers and applications, viruses and trojans, network security, SQL injection and what not? This book is a must-read for individuals who want to make a career in Ethical Hacking.

8) The Art of Intrusion: The Real Stories Behind the Exploits of Hackers, Intruders, and Deceivers

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The Art of Intrusion depicts the real-life stories about hackers breaks in computers and how victims could have prevented it. Co-written by Kevin Mitnick and William Simon. Due to the immense popularity of Kevin in the hackers world, many hackers shared their story on how they hacked it and allowed Kevin to publicize it in his books. Kevin has uncovered many stories and exploits used by them in-depth. One such story is about a group of friends who nearly won a million dollars in Las Vegas by reverse engineering slot machines.

9) Hacking Exposed 7: Network Security Secrets and Solutions

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This book will teach you how to sustain the security of your system and how to avoid the tactics cybercriminals use to hack your system. Co-written by Stuart McClure who is CNE, CCSE certified, Joel Scambray who is CISSP certified and, George Kurtz, who is CISSP Certified as well. You can learn about latest Android and iPhone attacks and how to protect yourself, as well as plug holes in social networks, clouds, how to detect and terminate trojans, bots and other malware, protecting WLANs, blocking SQL attacks and lot more other stuff, is included in depth in this book with various illustrations which is an interesting read for sure

10) Hash Crack: Password Cracking Manual

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As the names go, Hash Crack: Password Cracking Manual, you get an idea that it is about cracking passwords. Yes, this book contains basic as well as advanced techniques used by professionals to crack passwords. It contains all required commands and methods to crack passwords as well as guides on how to be safe from these attack, so it is a win-win situation :p. Written by Joshua Picolet. The techniques mentioned in this best hacking book is invaluable and is a must-read for anyone who loves cracking passwords :p

 

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Abishiekh Jain is a 16-year-old programmer and blogger born and brought up in Chennai. He is the founder of Hackers Den 🙂
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