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Best Hacker Books You Should Read

Until you’ve consumed all of the best Hacker books, can you even claim to be a true fan?

1. The Hacker Playbook 3: Practical Guide To Penetration Testing (2018)

 Best Hacker Books You Should ReadBack for the third season, The Hacker Playbook 3 (THP3) takes your offensive game to the pro tier. With a combination of new strategies, attacks, exploits, tips and tricks, you will be able to put yourself in the center of the action toward victory. The main purpose of this book is to answer questions as to why things are still broken. For instance, with all the different security products, secure code reviews, defense in depth, and penetration testing requirements, how are we still seeing massive security breaches happening to major corporations and governments? The real question we need to ask ourselves is, are all the…
Author(s): Peter Kim

2. CEH Certified Ethical Hacker All-in-One Exam Guide, Fourth Edition (2019)

 Best Hacker Books You Should ReadThoroughly updated for CEH v10 exam objectives, this integrated self-study system offers complete coverage of the EC-Council’s Certified Ethical Hacker exam. In this new edition, IT security expert Matt Walker discusses the latest tools, techniques, and exploits relevant to the exam. You’ll find learning objectives at the beginning of each chapter, exam tips, practice exam questions, and in-depth explanations. Designed to help you pass the exam with ease, this comprehensive resource also serves as an essential on-the-job reference.Covers all exam topics, including:•Ethical hacking…
Author(s): Matt Walker

3. Tribe of Hackers Red Team: Tribal Knowledge from the Best in Offensive Cybersecurity (2019)

 Best Hacker Books You Should ReadThe Tribe of Hackers team is back with a new guide packed with insights from dozens of the world’s leading Red Team security specialists. With their deep knowledge of system vulnerabilities and innovative solutions for correcting security flaws, Red Team hackers are in high demand. Tribe of Hackers Red Team: Tribal Knowledge from the Best in Offensive Cybersecurity takes the valuable lessons and popular interview format from the original Tribe of Hackers and dives deeper into the world of Red Team security with expert perspectives on issues like penetration testing and ethical hacking.  This unique guide…
Author(s): Marcus J. Carey, Jennifer Jin

4. Tribe of Hackers: Cybersecurity Advice from the Best Hackers in the World (2019)

 Best Hacker Books You Should Readwas previously published as While this version features a new cover design and introduction, the remaining content is the same as the prior release and should not be considered a new or updated product. Tribe of Hackers: Cybersecurity Advice from the Best Hackers in the World is your guide to joining the ranks of hundreds of thousands of cybersecurity professionals around the world. Whether you’re just joining the industry, climbing the corporate ladder, or considering consulting, Tribe of Hackers offers the practical know-how, industry perspectives, and technical insight you need to succeed in the…
Author(s): Marcus J. Carey, Jennifer Jin

5. The Web Application Hacker’s Handbook: Finding and Exploiting Security Flaws (2011)

 Best Hacker Books You Should ReadWeb applications are the front door to most organizations, exposing them to attacks that may disclose personal information, execute fraudulent transactions, or compromise ordinary users. This practical book has been completely updated and revised to discuss the latest step-by-step techniques for attacking and defending the range of ever-evolving web applications. You’ll explore the various new technologies employed in web applications that have appeared since the first edition and review the new attack techniques that have been developed, particularly in relation to the client side. Focusing on the…
Author(s): Dafydd Stuttard, Marcus Pinto

6. Hacker Methodology Handbook (2018)

 Best Hacker Books You Should ReadThis handbook is the perfect starting place for anyone who wants to jump into the world of penetration testing but doesn’t know where to start. This book covers every phase of the hacker methodology and what tools to use in each phase. The tools in this book are all open source or already present on Windows and Linux systems. Covered is the basics usage of the tools, examples, options used with the tools, as well as any notes about possible side effects of using a specific tool….
Author(s): Thomas Bobeck

7. Linux Basics for Hackers: Getting Started with Networking, Scripting, and Security in Kali (2018)

 Best Hacker Books You Should ReadIf you’re getting started along the exciting path of hacking, cybersecurity, and pentesting, Linux Basics for Hackers is an excellent first step. Using Kali Linux, an advanced penetration testing distribution of Linux, you’ll learn the basics of using the Linux operating system and acquire the tools and techniques you’ll need to take control of a Linux environment.First, you’ll learn how to install Kali on a virtual machine and get an introduction to basic Linux concepts. Next, you’ll tackle broader Linux topics like manipulating text, controlling file and directory permissions,…
Author(s): OccupyTheWeb

8. Hackers: Heroes of the Computer Revolution (2010)

 Best Hacker Books You Should ReadThis 25th anniversary edition of Steven Levy’s classic book traces the exploits of the computer revolution’s original hackers — those brilliant and eccentric nerds from the late 1950s through the early ’80s who took risks, bent the rules, and pushed the world in a radical new direction. With updated material from noteworthy hackers such as Bill Gates, Mark Zukerberg, Richard Stallman, and Steve Wozniak, Hackers is a fascinating story that begins in early computer research labs and leads to the first home computers. Levy profiles the imaginative brainiacs who found…
Author(s): Steven Levy

9. The Hacker Playbook 2: Practical Guide To Penetration Testing (2015)

 Best Hacker Books You Should ReadJust as a professional athlete doesn’t show up without a solid game plan, ethical hackers, IT professionals, and security researchers should not be unprepared, either. The Hacker Playbook provides them their own game plans. Written by a longtime security professional and CEO of Secure Planet, LLC, this step-by-step guide to the “game” of penetration hacking features hands-on examples and helpful advice from the top of the field. Through a series of football-style “plays,” this straightforward guide gets to the root of many of the roadblocks people may face while penetration…
Author(s): Peter Kim

10. Football Hackers: The Science and Art of a Data Revolution (2019)

 Best Hacker Books You Should ReadFootball’s data revolution has only just begun. The arrival of advanced metrics and detailed analysis is already reshaping the modern game. We can now fully assess player performance, analyse the role of luck and measure what really leads to victory. There is no turning back.Now the race is on between football’s wealthiest clubs and a group of outsiders, nerds and rule-breakers, who are turning the game on its head with their staggering innovations. Winning is no longer just about what happens out on the pitch, it’s now a battle taking place in boardrooms and on screens across international borders with the…
Author(s): Christoph Biermann

Best Hacker Books You Should Read

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Genesis and download some hacker books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

XDA's Android Hacker's Toolkit: the Complete Guide to Rooting, ROMs and Theming

Author(s): Tyler, Jason, Verduzco, Will
ID: 2418131, Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated., Wiley Imprint, Year: June 2012, Size: 3 Mb, Format: epub

Black Hat Python: Python Programming for Hackers and Pentesters

Author(s): Justin Seitz, Tim Arnold
ID: 2892478, Publisher: No Starch Press, Year: 2021, Size: 5 Mb, Format: pdf

Linux Basics For Hacker: Understanding Hacking Tools, Penetration Testing, Linux Mint, Kali Linux And More: Kali Linux Hacking Commands

Author(s): Filiault, Tiara
ID: 2895988, Publisher: UNKNOWN, Year: 2021, Size: 14 Mb, Format: epub

Please note that this booklist is not final. Some books are truly best-sellers according to USA Today, others are written by unknown writers. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant resources you could recommend? Drop a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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