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"...an introduction to what ethical hacking involves, and a primer for more indepth technical volumes...it does get its hands dirty with guides to using the main tools. But each technique or piece of software is only covered to the depth required to give you a good feel for what's going on..."--Network Security, December 1 2011
The Basics of Hacking and Penetration Testing serves as an introduction to the steps required to complete a penetration test or perform an ethical hack from beginning to end. No prior hacking experience is needed. You learn how to properly utilize and interpret the results of modern day hacking tools, which are required to complete a penetration test. Tool coverage includes Backtrack Linux, Google reconnaissance, MetaGooFil, dig, Nmap, Nessus, Metasploit, Fast Track Autopwn, Netcat, Hacker Defender rootkit, and more. A simple and clean explanation of how to effectively utilize these tools as well as the introduction to a four-step methodology for conducting a penetration test or hack, will provide you with know-how required to jump start your career or gain a better understanding of offensive security. The book serves as an introduction to penetration testing and hacking and will provide you with a solid foundation of knowledge. After completing the book readers will be prepared to take on in-depth and advanced topics in hacking and penetration testing. The book walks through each of the steps and tools in a structured, orderly manner allowing readers to understand how the output from each tool can be fully utilized in the subsequent phases of the penetration test. This process allows readers to clearly see how the tools and phases relate.
Very easy to read, very fun and interesting!
Finally, chapter 7, gives the a reader a basic overview in how to conduct the writing of the final penetration test report, useful for the professional pen tester.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in pen testing and/or ethical hacking.
I bought this book as an intro to penetration testing. As I apply my life long art and writing skills to web design, I want to be able to test the security of the sites I create. Read morePublished 5 months ago by david froh
I am a tech savvy individual and this book was great I understood everything and it was a great into to the tools that are essential to Penetration Testing. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Bryan B
This is a great starting point for a novice interested in learning about penetration testing. The book's methodical approach gives a blueprint on how to start testing.Published 12 months ago by Greg/Melissa
This is an ok book. Not the best, but it is marginally informative. It's a good starting point that will get you thinking more about security.Published 12 months ago by paf
The book coverage of basics. I love the way chapters and contents across chapters correlate.
I would definitely recommend this book for all security or hacking... Read more
Poorly educated writer with a superficial knowledge of the area. Does not discuss basic principles. Obviously intended for sale to wannabe black hats.Published 15 months ago by Zeke Smith
This book is a decent introduction to the topic of computer penetration. Emphasis on introduction. This should be clear to the reader already because of the title. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Keith Garrett Brandenburg