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I read this book today, and poked most of the modules in the ADHD CD.
This book tries to break the mold that hacking back is never okay.
What I found most interesting is the emphasis on NOT hacking the hackers. At least not now.
The emphasis is on obfuscation and data collection before (or if) taking any active action.
This book is not heavy on technical details - nor should it be.
It's trying to convey a new concept.
If you want to hack someone - there are plenty of technical resources on how to hack something. This book offers some ideas on an interesting and new line of thought.
I remember coding countermeasures in the early days designed specifically to take compromised systems promiscuously engaged in the act of attacking other systems off-line and display a helpful boot screen for the target systems' administrators. We were never destructive or vindictive and always treated such responses unapologetically as self-defense; because that is exactly what it was.
Law enforcement does not protect, moves at glacial speeds, and will generally defer from action unless a successful prosecution is assured (or the pubic noise level demands it). (Don't misunderstand me, I have the highest respect for first responders.) It is therefore incumbent for those of us with the skills to responsibly protect our infrastructure using measured responses consistent with threat level.
OCM does exactly what it intends by succinctly covering the important elements of this neglected topic and furthers a much needed discussion. Highly recommended.
The book is self-published...there are some typos, minor grammatical problems, etc. But the content is very good.
This book should be one of many resources that you use to grow your knowledge and abilities.
I've enjoyed attending John's SANS courses as well as his insights on the pauldtocom podcast, he is very knowledgeable and an excellent resource to learn from. Nice work.
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If you are in the security game read this book! Implement what you can, the seek out and destroy the enemy, with fire and maneuver.Published 9 months ago by Jason
This book is a collection of man pages and screenshots. Paul could have easily published three blog posts on his site with a few links and we all could have saved some trees. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Christian
Great collection of offensive tools - and summary of their capabilities. Now it is up to you to seek them out, learn how to use them and - defend yourself! Read morePublished 15 months ago by Linda G Lesselyoung
This is a great book to have at the ready for when you need it. John & Paul really know their stuff. Terrific resource, highly recommended.Published 22 months ago by desktopyou
This book is good for what it is. It is not an academic InfoSec book.
The book is ontended to give some hands on tools for active cyber defense. Read more
Well put information, font size could use some work. Overall GREAT material with cativatig and well put follow-along demonstrations. Good purchasePublished 23 months ago by Lloyd
Really good ideas in this book that are with expanding on in enterprises. My only.complaint is the proofreading, the number of typos is annoying.Published on January 31, 2014 by Bill Mathews