Best Computer Hacking Books
Ethical hacking is one of the highest demanding jobs in computer science. It’s not a job that anyone can do easily.
1. Cracking the Coding Interview: 189 Programming Questions and Solutions
Author: by Gayle Laakmann McDowell
I am not a recruiter. I am a software engineer. And as such, I know what it’s like to be asked to whip up brilliant algorithms on the spot and then write flawless code on a whiteboard. I’ve been through this as a candidate and as an interviewer.
Cracking the Coding Interview, 6th Edition is here to help you through this process, teaching you what you need to know and enabling you to perform at your very best. I’ve coached and interviewed hundreds of software engineers. The result is this book.
Learn how to uncover the hints and hidden details in a question, discover how to break down a problem into manageable chunks, develop techniques to unstick yourself when stuck, learn (or re-learn) core computer science concepts, and practice on 189 interview questions and solutions.
These interview questions are real; they are not pulled out of computer science textbooks. They reflect what’s truly being asked at the top companies, so that you can be as prepared as possible.WHAT’S INSIDE? 189 programming interview questions, ranging from the basics to the trickiest algorithm problems.
2. This Is How They Tell Me the World Ends: The Cyberweapons Arms Race
Author: by Nicole Perlroth
February 9, 2021
Part John le Carr and more parts Michael Crichton …Spellbinding. The New Yorker From The New York Times cybersecurity reporter Nicole Perlroth, the untold story of the cyberweapons market-the most secretive, invisible, government-backed market on earth-and a terrifying first look at a new kind of global warfare.
Zero day: a software bug that allows a hacker to break into your devices and move around undetected. One of the most coveted tools in a spy’s arsenal, a zero day has the power to silently spy on your iPhone, dismantle the safety controls at a chemical plant, alter an election, and shut down the electric grid (just ask Ukraine).
For decades, under cover of classification levels and non-disclosure agreements, the United States government became the world’s dominant hoarder of zero days.U.S. Government agents paid top dollar-first thousands, and later millions of dollars- to hackers willing to sell their lock-picking code and their silence.
Then the United States lost control of its hoard and the market. Now those zero days are in the hands of hostile nations and mercenaries who do not care if your vote goes missing, your clean water is contaminated, or our nuclear plants melt down.
3. The Ultimate Unofficial Encyclopedia for Minecrafters: An A – Z Book of Tips and Tricks the Official Guides Don't Teach You
Author: by Megan Miller
Sky Pony (June 16, 2015)
By New York Times bestselling author and Minecraft expert, Megan Miller, a full-color book full of practical advice that boys and girls will refer to again and again! Minecraft is the one game that children, parents, and teaches all agree on.
It’s great fun and a wonderful teaching tool. The Ultimate Unofficial Encyclopedia for Minecrafters reveals expert tricks of the trade for gamers. This exciting book will cover everything players need to know about mining, farming, building, villagers, the Nether, and more!
Young gamers will be surprised at how quickly they can learn hundreds of new tricks and tips! Want to know where you’ll find the most diamonds or how to protect your villagers at night? This AZ reference is a quick guide to all the tips you want to know, including:How to spawn and kill the Wither bossHow to rescue a baby zombie villagerHow to make a portal without a diamond pickaxeHow to make a secret passageway using paintingsA big book of players’ hacks organized in an easy-to-reference encyclopedia format, this book will show readers the ins and outs of the game, how to survive and thrive, and various mods that can improve play.
4. Deep Learning (Adaptive Computation and Machine Learning series)
Author: by Ian Goodfellow
The MIT Press
An introduction to a broad range of topics in deep learning, covering mathematical and conceptual background, deep learning techniques used in industry, and research perspectives. Written by three experts in the field, Deep Learning is the only comprehensive book on the subject.
Elon Musk, cochair of OpenAI; cofounder and CEO of Tesla and SpaceXDeep learning is a form of machine learning that enables computers to learn from experience and understand the world in terms of a hierarchy of concepts. Because the computer gathers knowledge from experience, there is no need for a human computer operator to formally specify all the knowledge that the computer needs.
The hierarchy of concepts allows the computer to learn complicated concepts by building them out of simpler ones; a graph of these hierarchies would be many layers deep. This book introduces a broad range of topics in deep learning. The text offers mathematical and conceptual background, covering relevant concepts in linear algebra, probability theory and information theory, numerical computation, and machine learning.
5. The Linux Command Line, 2nd Edition: A Complete Introduction
Author: by William Shotts
You’ve experienced the shiny, point-and-click surface of your Linux computer-now dive below and explore its depths with the power of the command line. The Linux Command Line takes you from your very first terminal keystrokes to writing full programs in Bash, the most popular Linux shell (or command line).
Along the way you’ll learn the timeless skills handed down by generations of experienced, mouse-shunning gurus: file navigation, environment configuration, command chaining, pattern matching with regular expressions, and more. In addition to that practical knowledge, author William Shotts reveals the philosophy behind these tools and the rich heritage that your desktop Linux machine has inherited from Unix supercomputers of yore.
As you make your way through the book’s short, easily-digestible chapters, you’ll learn how to: Create and delete files, directories, and symlinks Administer your system, including networking, package installation, and process management Use standard input and output, redirection, and pipelines Edit files with Vi, the world’s most popular text editor Write shell scripts to automate common or boring tasks Slice and dice text files with cut, paste, grep, patch, and sedOnce you overcome your initial “shell shock,” you’ll find that the command line is a natural and expressive way to communicate with your computer.
6. CompTIA Security+ Certification Kit: Exam SY0-601
Author: by Mike Chapple
Everything you need to prepare for and take the Security+ exam! The CompTIA Security+ Certification Kit includes CompTIA Security+ Study Guide: Exam SY0-601, 8th Edition, and the CompTIA Security+ Practice Tests: Exam SY0-601, 2nd Edition. Together, both books provide comprehensive review for the CompTIA Security+ SY0-601 certification exam.
The Kit covers: Assessing the security posture of an enterprise environment, and recommending and implementing appropriate security solutions Monitoring and securing hybrid environments, including cloud, mobile, and IoT Operating with an awareness of applicable laws and policies, including principles of governance, risk, and compliance Identifying, analyzing, and responding to security events and incidents The Study Guide has been completely revised to align with the latest version of the exam objectives.
The Practice Tests includes hundreds of domain-by-domain questions plus practice exams to test your knowledge of the topics. Receive one year of FREE access after activation to the Sybex online interactive learning environment, to help you prepare with superior study tools, rigorous questions, and practice exams that allow you to gauge your readiness and avoid surprises on exam day.
7. How Linux Works, 3rd Edition: What Every Superuser Should Know
Author: by Brian Ward
Best-selling guide to the inner workings of the Linux operating system with over 50,000 copies sold since its original release in 2014. Linux for the Superuser Unlike some operating systems, Linux doesn’t try to hide the important bits from youit gives you full control of your computer.
But to truly master Linux, you need to understand its internals, like how the system boots, how networking works, and what the kernel actually does. In this third edition of the bestselling How Linux Works, author Brian Ward peels back the layers of this well-loved operating system to make Linux internals accessible.
This edition has been thoroughly updated and expanded with added coverage of Logical Volume Manager (LVM), virtualization, and containers. You’ll learn: How Linux boots, from boot loaders to init (systemd) How the kernel manages devices, device drivers, and processes How networking, interfaces, firewalls, and servers work How development tools work and relate to shared libraries How to write effective shell scripts You’ll also explore the kernel and examine key system tasks inside user-space processes, including system calls, input and output, and filesystem maintenance.
8. Minecraft: Guide to Redstone (2017 Edition)
Author: by Mojang Ab
NOW AN HBO DOCUMENTARY FROM AWARD-WINNING DIRECTOR JOHN MAGGIO An importantand deeply soberingnew book about cyberwarfare (Nicholas Kristof, New York Times), now updated with a new chapter. The Perfect Weapon is the startling inside story of how the rise of cyberweapons transformed geopolitics like nothing since the invention of the atomic bomb.
Cheap to acquire, easy to deny, and usable for a variety of malicious purposes, cyber is now the weapon of choice for democracies, dictators, and terrorists. Two presidentsBush and Obamadrew first blood with Operation Olympic Games, which used malicious code to blow up Iran’s nuclear centrifuges, and yet America proved remarkably unprepared when its own weapons were stolen from its arsenal and, during President Trump’s first year, turned back on the United States and its allies.
And if Obama would begin his presidency by helping to launch the new era of cyberwar, he would end it struggling unsuccessfully to defend against Russia’s broad attack on the 2016 US election. Moving from the White House Situation Room to the dens of Chinese government hackers to the boardrooms of Silicon Valley, New York Times national security correspondent David Sanger reveals a world coming face-to-face with the perils of technological revolution, where everyone is a target.
10. Hacking: The Art of Exploitation, 2nd Edition
Author: by Jon Erickson
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.
The included LiveCD provides a complete Linux programming and debugging environmentall without modifying your current operating system. Use it to follow along with the book’s examples as you fill gaps in your knowledge and explore hacking techniques on your own.
Get your hands dirty debugging code, overflowing buffers, hijacking network communications, bypassing protections, exploiting cryptographic weaknesses, and perhaps even inventing new exploits. This book will teach you how to: Program computers using C, assembly language, and shell scripts Corrupt system memory to run arbitrary code using buffer overflows and format strings Inspect processor registers and system memory with a debugger to gain a real understanding of what is happening Outsmart common security measures like nonexecutable stacks and intrusion detection systems Gain access to a remote server using port-binding or connect-back shellcode, and alter a server’s logging behavior to hide your presence Redirect network traffic, conceal open ports, and hijack TCP connections Crack encrypted wireless traffic using the FMS attack, and speed up brute-force attacks using a password probability matrixHackers are always pushing the boundaries, investigating the unknown, and evolving their art.
11. Black Hat Python, 2nd Edition: Python Programming for Hackers and Pentesters
Author: by Justin Seitz
Fully-updated for Python 3, the second edition of this worldwide bestseller (over 100,000 copies sold) explores the stealthier side of programming and brings you all new strategies for your hacking projects. When it comes to creating powerful and effective hacking tools, Python is the language of choice for most security analysts.
In this second edition of the bestselling Black Hat Python, you’ll explore the darker side of Python’s capabilities: everything from writing network sniffers, stealing email credentials, and bruteforcing directories to crafting mutation fuzzers, investigating virtual machines, and creating stealthy trojans.
All of the code in this edition has been updated to Python 3.X. You’ll also find new coverage of bit shifting, code hygiene, and offensive forensics with the Volatility Framework as well as expanded explanations of the Python libraries ctypes, struct, lxml, and BeautifulSoup, and offensive hacking strategies like splitting bytes, leveraging computer vision libraries, and scraping websites.
12. The YouTube Formula: How Anyone Can Unlock the Algorithm to Drive Views, Build an Audience, and Grow Revenue
Author: by Derral Eves
Learn the secrets to getting dramatic results on YouTube Derral Eves has generated over 60 billion views on YouTube and helped 24 channels grow to one million subscribers from zero. In The YouTube Formula: How Anyone Can Unlock the Algorithm to Drive Views, Build an Audience, and Grow Revenue, the owner of the largest YouTube how-to channel provides the secrets to getting the results that every YouTube creator and strategist wants.
Eves will reveal what readers can’t get anywhere else: the inner workings of the YouTube algorithm that’s responsible for determining success on the platform, and how creators can use it to their advantage. Full of actionable advice and concrete strategies, this book teaches readers how to: Launch a channel Create life-changing content Drive rapid view and subscriber growth Build a brand and increase engagement Improve searchability Monetize content and audience Replete with case studies and information from successful YouTube creators, The YouTube Formula is perfect for any creator, entrepreneur, social media strategist, and brand manager who hopes to see real commercial results from their work on the platform.
13. Linux Basics for Hackers: Getting Started with Networking, Scripting, and Security in Kali
Author: by OccupyTheWeb
This practical, tutorial-style book uses the Kali Linux distribution to teach Linux basics with a focus on how hackers would use them. Topics include Linux command line basics, filesystems, networking, BASH basics, package management, logging, and the Linux kernel and drivers.
If you’re getting started along the exciting path of hacking, cybersecurity, and pentesting, Linux Basics for Hackers is an excellent first step. Using Kali Linux, an advanced penetration testing distribution of Linux, you’ll learn the basics of using the Linux operating system and acquire the tools and techniques you’ll need to take control of a Linux environment.
First, you’ll learn how to install Kali on a virtual machine and get an introduction to basic Linux concepts. Next, you’ll tackle broader Linux topics like manipulating text, controlling file and directory permissions, and managing user environment variables. You’ll then focus in on foundational hacking concepts like security and anonymity and learn scripting skills with bash and Python.
14. Internet Password Logbook (Cognac Leatherette): Keep track of: usernames, passwords, web addresses in one easy & organized location
Author: by Editors of Rock Point
Just say no to piles of sticky notes and scraps of paper with your passwords and logins! Keep track of them in this elegant, yet inconspicuous, alphabetically tabbed cognac leatherette notebook. In this 4 6 hardcover notebook with removable cover band, record the necessarily complex passwords and user login names required to thwart hackers.
You’ll find: Internet password safety and naming tipsA to Z tabbed pages with space to list website, username, and five passwords for eachDedicated pages to record software license information, with spaces for license number, purchase date, renewal date, and monthly feeDedicated pages to record network settings and passwords, including for modem, router, WAN, LAN, and wirelessA notes section with blank lined pages This internet password logbook provides an easy way to keep track of website addresses, usernames, and passwords in one discreet and convenient location.
15. The Art of Invisibility: The World's Most Famous Hacker Teaches You How to Be Safe in the Age of Big Brother and Big Data
Author: by Kevin Mitnick
Back Bay Books
Real-world advice on how to be invisible online from “the FBI’s most wanted hacker” (Wired). Be online without leaving a trace. Your every step online is being tracked and stored, and your identity literally stolen. Big companies and big governments want to know and exploit what you do, and privacy is a luxury few can afford or understand.
In this explosive yet practical book, Kevin Mitnick uses true-life stories to show exactly what is happening without your knowledge, teaching you “the art of invisibility” – online and real-world tactics to protect you and your family, using easy step-by-step instructions.
Reading this book, you will learn everything from password protection and smart Wi-Fi usage to advanced techniques designed to maximize your anonymity. Kevin Mitnick knows exactly how vulnerabilities can be exploited and just what to do to prevent that from happening.
The world’s most famous – and formerly the US government’s most wanted – computer hacker, he has hacked into some of the country’s most powerful and seemingly impenetrable agencies and companies, and at one point was on a three-year run from the FBI.
16. Adversarial Tradecraft in Cybersecurity: Offense versus defense in real-time computer conflict
Author: by Dan Borges
Master cutting-edge techniques and countermeasures to protect your organization from live hackers. Learn how to harness cyber deception in your operations to gain an edge over the competition. Key FeaturesGain an advantage against live hackers in a competition or real computing environmentUnderstand advanced red team and blue team techniques with code examplesLearn to battle in short-term memory, whether remaining unseen (red teams) or monitoring an attacker’s traffic (blue teams)Book DescriptionLittle has been written about what to do when live hackers are on your system and running amok.
Even experienced hackers tend to choke up when they realize the network defender has caught them and is zoning in on their implants in real time. This book will provide tips and tricks all along the kill chain of an attack, showing where hackers can have the upper hand in a live conflict and how defenders can outsmart them in this adversarial game of computer cat and mouse.
This book contains two subsections in each chapter, specifically focusing on the offensive and defensive teams. It begins by introducing you to adversarial operations and principles of computer conflict where you will explore the core principles of deception, humanity, economy, and more about human-on-human conflicts.