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1337 h4x0r h4ndb00k

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h4x0r h4ndb00k about the author

hello, my name is tapeworm, and i am a freelance contract hacker amongst other things. the first thing i ever learned about computers (when i was first introduced by a friend) was the wide variety of hacking programs floating around on the internet, it wasn't long after that my mom brought home our first computer and i took immediate control. i just wanted to research information, build web pages and play in chat rooms; whereas my mother just wanted to sit and play solitaire for hours (obsessive gaming: a geek at heart). i needed a plan, and fast.

i started coming up with ways to make it appear as though things were wrong with the computer, then she would leave and tell me to fix it. every time she would have me fix something when there was nothing actually wrong, i'd get at least a couple extra hours of playtime. i got better over time, and before i knew it i no longer had a social life.

my evil plans were eventually foiled when she was re-married to an electrician, but luckily by that time i had my own computer anyway. currently i contribute my free time to the open-source community, and i can be reached by my leet e-mail address at:

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who is this book for?

  • do you want to be a hacker, or learn more about them?
  • do you like to play annoying pranks?
  • are you knew to computers and feel overwhelmed by the technology?
  • are you at a loss as to what to do with your computer?
  • are you tired of parental controls?

if you answered yes to any of the above questions, then this book is for you. this book is an introduction to windows xp which will not only get you thinking like a hacker by guiding you through the underworld of technology, but set you on the right path to becoming a power-user as well (in only 21 days! lolz). very little computer experience is required to absorb this information. by utilizing the unique teaching method "reverse-troubleshooting" aka trouble-making invented by the author (me); you will learn how to take control of your home computer and about the wide variety of possibilities & professions available, along with resources to further educate yourself on whichever topic intrigues you the most.

most if not all technical books can be frustrating as they assume or require a certain amount of previous education, and they only focus on one specific technology. being completely self-taught; i understand the frustrations of what other sources lack. people tend to skip the fundamentals that are typically only learned from experience; this book fills in that gap.

believe it or not, the biggest reason that viruses are so successful at spreading in the world today is not because of hackers or buggy/outdated software, it is because of a simple acronym known as pebkac. problem exists between keyboard and chair. even experienced computer users sometimes have no idea what they're doing; it's not hard to assume that someone is an expert when they know a little about something of which you know nothing. when it comes to computers it is almost funny just how ignorant some people can be; just ask anyone who works in tech support.

if you're anything like me, then the thought has probably crossed your mind that nobody can write an effective hacking book because anything potentially damaging or sneaky would be rendered useless shortly after its release. many hackers themselves believe that no such book could exist because every hacker takes a different path to becoming a hacker, so how could a solitary book possibly teach you? let me assure you from experience, part of hacking is adapting to change, and by the time this book is rendered useless then another book by another hacker or a revision will be right around the corner. the minds of hackers are similar no matter what path they came from, and i will share these similarities with you. a solitary book can teach you how to hack, and this book is proof of that.

the material contained within this book should be required reading for anyone prior to even touching a computer; think of it as your personal survival guide. or maybe you're just interested in understanding viruses or spying on your significant other (shame on you). ignorance is not bliss. by reading this book, you will become a very dangerous person with a computer; it is critical that you understand the danger in order to protect yourself from it.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Sams Publishing (August 20, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0672327279
  • ISBN-13: 978-0672327278
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,920,628 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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31 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Duff HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 26, 2005
Format: Paperback
No, this isn't a malfunctioning keyboard, nor have I decided to join the ranks of kiddie hackers by starting to use "elite" language. It's the title of a new book by Sams... l337 h4xor handbook by tapeworm. For those of you not into "l337", that translates to "Elite Hacker Handbook". Having gotten *that* piece of information out of the way, I can get on to the review. And my review is that I really don't know what group this author is trying to target, and I think it fails regardless...

Content: fitting in; shortcuts; customize; browsing/e-mail; fundamentals; get the f@*! out of my chat room!; advanced automation; paranoia; networks; beyond windows; conclusion

I wanted to like this book based on the title. Sort of a gritty view of the hacker underworld, revealing "secrets" not commonly written of. What we get instead is a book that can't decide what it wants to be. People who are new to computers or confused by jargon (one of the targets from the back cover) won't see much useable info here. If you're new to computers, the whole "elite" form of typing and word creation will be lost on you, and you'll wonder what the (#@# this person is trying to tell you. If you already know enough to understand the type of style the author is trying to use, then you'll find most of the information far too basic. Desktop overviews? Running defragger? This isn't news, folks...

Parts of the book try to go into basic HTML coding and scripting languages. Again, if you don't know this stuff, this book isn't going to appeal to you in the first place. If the book appeals to you, you already know this stuff. "Advanced Automation" gets into more scripting, but again, not at a level which is going to advance the knowledge base of someone who already understands it.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Security Nerd on September 11, 2007
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To people trying to critique this book on technical merits: The book is 100% satire!

The author is poking fun at both the whole script-kiddie culture and at YOU, the reader who actually thought the book was serious.

So take the book for what it's worth - a silly bit of technical satire that is about getting a chuckle more than actually imparting any real wisdom.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Vacendak on October 19, 2005
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Tapeworm's book does exactly what it is supposed to do. Teach newbies about computers and hacking. Hacking as defined here [...] . It's a great starting point for newbies who are tired of hearing RTFM. This is the FM. After reading this book you can take the knowledge he gives you as far as you want. He even provides the code from the book and some extras on his site. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn about how their comuters work and fun pranks to play on them and I will the next time someone asks me to teach them how to hack. I would love to see more from him.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Pinball Wizard on March 22, 2006
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If you know absolutely nothing about hacking then you might find something interesting here. Elementary level, elementary writing, elementary information. Time and again when I thought I was about to learn something the author made an abrupt redirection and took off in another direction.

5 stars for the covers; 1 star for what is between them.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Dustin J Ewers on October 23, 2005
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I read over this book in a Barnes and Noble, and I was disappointed. This is another cheap attempt to cash in on "hacker" culture. With it's gratuitous use of "l33t sp34k" and lack of real information, the only people this book is going to reach are 14 year old script kiddies, who more than likely already possess skills beyond this book. Especially comical are the "hacker laws" and the use of Windows XP as a hacking platform. I'd also like to point out that a lack of punctuation does not make the book cool.

If you want to learn about security, try reading Hacking Exposed, and if you want to learn about the culture, try reading something by Kevin Mitnick. This book fails in both respects.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Ferris on November 18, 2008
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If the author is only 12-15 years old then this is an admirable 1st attempt at writing & I hope he/she will begin computer science studies immediately after graduation from High School. If the author is over the age of 18 & god forbid over the age of 30 then this is a miserable & disjointed attempt to educate anyone on the subject of hacking. I would recommend searching the internet to learn about hacking methodology instead...
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This book is kind of all over the place. It's like the author can't decide who to pander to. There were a few humorous jokes throughout the book. I really hope most of the sections were written as satire, because if not I have lost a lot of respect for the author and publisher.

The book ranges for information on using your mouse and keyboard to writing batch scripts and changing the Windows registry. Many chapters assume the reader has almost no knowledge of the computer and other chapters (like those on programming and scripting) give a great overview at the start and then basically give the user some code to copy for some prank. Little to no explanation is given to how this code works, just what it does. The pranks in this book sound like things I would have done back in grade school, changing backgrounds and screen-savers to make it look like something is wrong. I could maybe see myself giving this book to one of my 12 year old cousins to get them interested in computers and hacking around on them, but anyone in high-school or above would be better off getting a good intro to computers book and an intro to programming book.
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