5 Best Hacking Books You Must Read To Be A Good Hacker


Learn How To Hack By With These 5 best Hacking Books

With the explosion of Internet usage, more and more people are using online applications like banking, shopping, games, watching movies, listening to songs, etc. This has created a high demand for security researchers who can test the vulnerabilities in the Apps and network. Along with a substantial pay package, security researchers and hackers also command respect in the tech arena.

However, it is not an easy task to be an expert hacker until you have basic knowledge about computers and network security. Most of the wannabe hackers want to jump the gun and become qualified hackers. This is not possible without taking an interest in security and research. For the research part, beginners should know that there are two types of hacking: Ethical (White Hat) hacking and Unethical (Black Hat) hacking.

Ethical hacking is defined as making use of programming skills, so as to penetrate a computer system, and identify weaknesses in data computer security for business and organizations across the globe, to protect them from hackers or criminals with less honest motives. Ethical hackers command tremendous respect in the tech sector and earn good money. On the other hand, Unethical hacking is used by hackers and cybercriminals to penetrate into different computer systems and exploit it for profit or mischief. Hacking for Lulz or mischief hacking was very popular in the 2000s but has slowly been taken over by hacking for illegal profit. While unethical hacking may be quite profitable in the short run, unethical hackers always have to constantly live in fear of legal prosecution as unethical hacking is illegal throughout the world.

Learning hacking for beginners is always tough because they lack knowledge of resources they can access. We at AndroidRookies get tonnes of queries about how to learn ethical hacking. Since having an appropriate guide is very essential in hacking, we always recommend reading good books on the subject to get a proper introduction to the world of hacking and security research.

In continuation of our goals, we are bringing you the list of hacking books that every beginner should learn. These books not only teach you how to conduct ethical hacking but also point you in the right direction.

Here are the 5 top books on ethical hacking for beginners that will provide hackers best knowledge about security:

The Basics of Hacking and Penetration Testing: Ethical Hacking and Penetration Testing Made Easy (Syngress Basics Series)

This is the essential hackers manual for beginners because it covers a range of chapters on penetration testing and hacking. The language of the book is easy and instructive without assuming that the reader has any prior hacking knowledge. It teaches you how to perform an ethical hack from the very basic steps. It provides a step-by-step journey of penetration testing, moving from information gathering to scanning and exploitation. It also has a chapter on report writing and responsible disclosure.

The book covers hacking tools like Backtrack Linux, Google reconnaissance, MetaGooFil, dig, Nmap, Nessus, Metasploit, Fast Track Autopwn, Netcat, Hacker Defender rootkit, and more. Each tool is explained with a simple and clean explanation of how to effectively use it. The book also has a four-step methodology for conducting a penetration test or hacking attack.

Metasploit: The Penetration Tester’s Guide

This book teaches you about penetration testing using the open-source Metasploit Framework. Beginners can learn how to use Metasploit without any prior knowledge of the exploit. The book also has detailed real-life scenarios that provide you with a simulated version.

Hacking: The Art of Exploitation, 2nd Edition

This book can be considered the top resource for beginners. In fact, many colleges teaching cybersecurity have this book in their syllabus. This book provides beginners with knowledge about hacking skills and responsible hacking.

Unlike other books, this teaches you how to use programming, shellcode. and exploitation. It also has chapters on how the exploits work. It also teaches you how to bypass security measures, exploit corrupt systems, wireless encryption cracking, network attacks, etc. Programming languages that are covered include C, Assembly Language, and Shell Scripting.

CEH Certified Ethical Hacker All-in-One Exam Guide

It is a well-written book is a comprehensive guide that follows the EC-Council’s Certified Ethical Hacker exam syllabus. We suggest you start this book at the intermediate level after understanding the basics of networking. Since the book follows the exam syllabus, you can also use the knowledge gained from it in your university or college.

BackTrack 5 Wireless Penetration Testing Beginner’s Guide

This is a crisp book explaining wireless penetration testing. Along with the theoretical concepts, the book also consists of practical case studies. You can easily grasp the concepts and understand the techniques to perform wireless attacks on your own. Every new attack is described with rich illustrations of all the steps associated. The book will practically egg you on to conduct your own penetration testing. It is suggested for beginners who have completed reading the books at No.1 and 3 above.

If you are a hacker, you must have your own favorite book. Do let us know your favorite hacking book in the comments below.


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