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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: 8.3 x 5.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,870,628 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

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: worm@icodeviruses.com

be sure to visit my site: http://www.icodeviruses.com


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1337 h4x0r h4ndb00k

1337 h4x0r h4ndb00k

preface

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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What we get instead is a book that can't decide what it wants to be.
Thomas Duff
The book ranges for information on using your mouse and keyboard to writing batch scripts and changing the Windows registry.
aoi222
I'd also like to point out that a lack of punctuation does not make the book cool.
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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Duff HALL OF FAMETOP 500 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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Pinball Wizard on March 22, 2006
Format: Paperback
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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Vacendak on October 19, 2005
Format: Paperback
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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11 of 13 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Eztigma on March 8, 2006
Format: Paperback
Obviously, I wasn't expecting the book to tell me all about security and the hacker subculture. Although it is rather funny at times, it seems to me as a very basic Windows XP manual, just explaining how to customize the desktop and making other people believe you are überskilled while playing pranks on th3m.

I didn't expect it to be a Linux manual, either, but I don't buy the idea of using Windows (or any other propietary OS) as a hacking platform. Maybe it will be useful for you if you've just bought your first computer and are interested in being more than a simple user, but for the experienced guy, think it twice before buying.

Check the author's website before making any decision: [...]
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By EuroMarkus on March 15, 2006
Format: Paperback
I took a look at this book because of it's cool cover.

Is this suppose to be a real book, or an ONION parody?

The author is a "Contract Hacker"? For who, his dodge-ball

buddies?

First of all, if this truly was a book about hacking,

it wouldn't have all that L337-lame lingo all over it.

This kid has basic computer skills, at best, and any

"hacking" he is doing, is limited to wearing sunglasses

and his 2600 shirt. IOW, a poser.

There are NO hacking techniques in the book AT ALL. He

shows a couple of vbs samples that echo Matrix movie

lines (now that's l337!), send an email (crafty!), and

other 6th-grader stunts.

This book is no more a hacker manual, than if the kid

played with model rockets and wrote a book on how to fly

the space shuttle. Funny, yes, substance, no.

Shame on SAMS for letting this get on shelves!
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Dustin 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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