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The Unofficial Guide to Ethical Hacking
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on April 2, 2002
I was amazed when I finished scanning this book today. Quite frankly, I can't imagine why it was ever published! Aside from the fact that it was published this year (2002), and aside from the fact that the author appears to have used a Windows 95 machine to do his tinkering (I won't even give the author the respect of using the word "hacking"), this book is riddled with misinformation, inconsistencies, and uncommented source code (which incidentally only compiles, according to the author, on a version of *nix that very few people use). Any hobbyist with more than one year of experience knows AT LEAST what's covered in this book, and they probably don't even realize it! This book doesn't cover ANY of the new operating systems, doesn't take into account ANY basic security precautions that have been in use for a couple years now, and does the reader a disservice by trying to explain (poorly) what "hacker" and "cracker" means (clearly the author was trying to impress his friends with his knowledge of jargon). There are MANY more useful tomes on the market; don't waste your money on this book! The single most useful piece of information this book contains is a single page where the URLs to SART and (I believe) CERT can be found!
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on November 5, 2017
Very informative
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on October 5, 2008
I am more than upset with the author of this book. All the material can be found easily by searching the Internet and by doing a search at [...] The zip files that are mentioned in the book are corrupted. Not only that but when I reported the problem to the author, I got nothing from him -- that was almost a year ago, I am not sure about the files as of Oct 1, 2008.

I don't recommend this book -- well, I do. If you have a fireplace and you are out of wood. Other than that, save your money and search for other more serious books online.
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on March 6, 2014
Lot's of good info, even in the face of the rapidly changing digital landscape. Great info, and generally great reference material.
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on March 27, 2002
I have a huge problem with a book title claiming that it is about "ethical hacking" when it is anything but ethical. Of course, unless you are also a sixteen year old, like the author, and you get big kicks out of showing your friends how you can hack into your own computer.

The book has a chapter on altering viruses so that they will not be detected by antivirus programs. Ethical? Not in my opinion.

Most of the book is somewhat trivial, contains nothing new and is even mundane. The book starts out explaining how to hack into a Windows 95 machine that you have physical access to. As I read chapter after chapter, I kept expecting and hoping for something a lot more. Telnet for remote access, ICMP and NetBios commands are nothing new. It is more like a compilation of hacker/cracker website info.

There are pages and pages of nothing but programming code for those who want to see under the hood of some of the tricks. I admit that I am not a programmer and could have cared less.

The book is a great disappointment. There is no central theme or purpose that I could determine. This book can't hold a candle to "Hacking Exposed" or probably most other books on network or computer security.
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on April 26, 2004
This book is a waste of your hard earned money, because if you need scripts that don't work and doesn't help you at all in hacking or protecting yourself from a cracker, you can just get millions of those from the Internet for free. You don't have to pay a 14 year old kid to compile it and give it to you for US$49!
I bought this book because it had a very interesting title. I regret my decision of buying this book as there is nothing in it that can be used and it's taking up the space in my bookshelf. Maybe, I will throw this book or give it to someone (some people those who never say no to free things).
You don't have to pay US$ 49 for a book that has nothing but freely available scripts copied and pasted from the Internet.
As rightly mentioned in one of the reviews here, it's a waste of money, ink, paper, and time. You will end up throwing this book in a bin with learning only one thing how to be a bit smarter before buying a book that has an interesting title.
WHAT A WASTE!
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on November 11, 2008
This is the worst book that I have ever come across, not only in Security but also in general. This guy copy-pastes materials from various tutorials from net and fills half the book with code-snippets. I believe Mr. Fadia himself doesn't understand most of these codes which he has so brazenly copied from others. To give an idea of his level of knowledge, I quote from page 142. Here the author is trying to give a method to crack windows passwords. (This is another matter that he is talking about Win95, which was officially stopped by Microsoft much before his book was published).

"...To actually crack the password, you need a simple cracker coded in C called Glide. I have included the code below. If you have sound C knowledge you can study the code and actually experience how a password cracker works and how a password is encrypted in Windows, i.e. more about the Windows encryption algorithm."

This is followed by about three and a half pages of code (copied from net, of course) without any explanation.

Mr. Fadia doesn't even know what he is talking about. He has no idea of how the passwords are stored and how the given code is "trying" to break it (he does not even say that this method will rarely work, probably because he doesn't know so).

I can write a review about each chapter of this book and describe the terrible mistakes and misinformation filled in there. But I have better things to do. Mr. Fadia is a complete crook and may have succeeded in fooling some people once. I only hope that he matures and owns his mistakes. The publishers must have done some background check on his skills before agreeing to publish this book.

And for everyone here, any 5 star reviews here are by the author or his friends. Every sensible reviewer has given only one advice and I will do the same - "DO NOT EVEN THINK OF BUYING THIS BOOK." (Even if someone gives you a book by Mr. Fadia free, refuse politely.)
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on June 16, 2012
I am unfortunate enough to have bought a copy of this book in 2002 or 2003, which together with Google and the Internet Archive made verifying claims of plagiarism leveled by others on the Internet very straightforward in 2012.

Nearly one third of this book's pages has plagiarized content. The author stripped attribution from copied content, including notices of copyright on the source content having such. The author was even bold enough to claim personal authorship of a few of the plagiarized programs included in this book.

A Web search using the author's name and the word 'plagiarism' as the search terms yields enlightening results about this book. If you don't believe that this book is literally a waste of your money, then perform that search.
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on April 20, 2006
wat is wrong wid all these people who are givin 5 star reviews to books written by l33t ankit fatia.cant u people see this is thrash.which respectable hacker would include chapters like changing ur windows 95 logon screen in their book,none besides the great ankit fadia,other cheap material include outdated hacks n winblows 98 tricks.dis lama material was at times so boring dat even even my 11 yr ol bro who has just started out learning bout hacking copuldnt stop laughing and complaining how boring dis read was.is he out of his mind wat was he thinking when he wrote this crap ,did he think its gonna help secure networks and ah windows 95 for ur hacks .why not tell people to get a linux distro fagg maybe ubuntu,mandrake,suse these r secure fatia and for god sake grow up from windows 95.i guess fadia doesnt really care bout all this , hes out there making money just becoz we have stupid kids buying these books n think dey gonna hack the planet.from books to certifications to video seminars ,fadia is taking everybody for a ride.wonders wats planned next maybe a music video or dvd by mr fadia<fadia on mtv lmao :)).newayz amazon customers boycott all these script kiddie manuals by ankit fadia n get GHH or hack proofing ur network 2ed .or the simple but effective counter hack.

p3ace to the real

<mess wid the best fadia n u die like the rest>
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on June 5, 2002
I read a couple of other hacking books, like Hacking Exposed and Hackers Guide. When reading this book I noticed it looks a whole lot like the guides to harmless hacking, which are available on the web for free. ...Don't be surprised when you're reading a chapter and suddenly the author gives you some "sample code" which turns out to be a program of about 12 pages, what was he thinking? That people are gonna retype it all? Why not just distribute the source over the internet. It also contains lots of typo's and technical mistakes.
But most important, the information in this book doesn't take you an inch further if you've read a couple of texts on the web, unless you really want to know how you can change your windows startup logo.
Also what bothers me, the books should be about ethical hacking, but the author discusses all kinds of destructive things, things that can only be used to create havoc, at his website he even has a tutorial on how to deface websites (not that it would help anyone because it is hopelessly outdated)
If you really want to learn how to check a website's security, and don't care about changing the way your windows 95 looks, maybe you should read Hacking Exposed instead. The Unofficial Guide to Ethical Hacking isn't worth the money by far, just get some texts of the web for free and you'll have the same information, 90% of the time even better written.
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