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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well Done
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...
Published on October 19, 2005 by Vacendak

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31 of 36 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not really sure *who* would benefit from this book...
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...
Published on August 26, 2005 by Thomas Duff


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31 of 36 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not really sure *who* would benefit from this book..., August 26, 2005
This review is from: 1337 h4x0r h4ndb00k (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. It seemed that with every chapter, the content was at odds with the style and tone of the book, thereby missing the target regardless of what side he chose...

The whole "l337" format really started to annoy me big time after the first chapter. I admit to not having much tolerance for that anyway. There were some cute phrases and humorous lines in places, but not enough to make me want to recommend it to anyone. I can't even recommend it as a parody of hacker culture, because I think the author is really trying to convey useful info. I just don't think the audience that would find it useful would read the book, and those who would read the book won't find it useful.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars People, this book is SATIRE., September 11, 2007
This review is from: 1337 h4x0r h4ndb00k (Paperback)
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Well Done, October 19, 2005
This review is from: 1337 h4x0r h4ndb00k (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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Elementary at best, March 22, 2006
This review is from: 1337 h4x0r h4ndb00k (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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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not worth reading if you are over the age of 14., October 23, 2005
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This review is from: 1337 h4x0r h4ndb00k (Paperback)
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
2.0 out of 5 stars Not meant for anyone over the age of 13, November 18, 2008
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This review is from: 1337 h4x0r h4ndb00k (Paperback)
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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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Hacker Book? This a Joke?, March 15, 2006
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This review is from: 1337 h4x0r h4ndb00k (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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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars What a dissappointment, March 8, 2006
This review is from: 1337 h4x0r h4ndb00k (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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2.0 out of 5 stars By a Script-Kiddie for Script-Kiddies, September 11, 2011
This review is from: 1337 h4x0r h4ndb00k (Paperback)
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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1.0 out of 5 stars I just hope this book was written as a joke., May 26, 2008
This review is from: 1337 h4x0r h4ndb00k (Paperback)
Not much else to say about it. I just hope it was meant as a joke book, because that's how I took it. XD If you want to learn 1337 hacking skills just take some computer classes. You'll learn more than what is in this book. Unless you want to paint your walls to keep your wireless signal from escaping.
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