Best Ethical Hacking books to learn hacking

Do you want to learn Hacking? Actually It is not an easy task to become an expert in ethical hacking until you have the basic knowledge about computers and network security. But following an appropriate guide can really help you to break the hurdles and experts always recommend to start with books. In this article, you will find some best books to learn Ethical Hacking which can show you the path to enter into the world of Hacking.

The Hacker Playbook 2: Practical Guide To Penetration Testing
Author: Peter Kim
Published at: 20/06/2015
ISBN: 1512214566

The Hacker Playbook tops our list because it covers vast topics on penetration testing and hacking tutorials. It teaches you step-by-step procedures of penetration testing and guides you through practical methods, hands on examples and helpful advice from experts. It is totally dedicated to penetration testing methods in ethical manner which is really useful for beginners.

What you will learn

  • Setting up a penetration box
  • How to scan networks and systems
  • Exploiting the scanner findings
  • Moving through the network without credentials
  • How to evade the anti-virus
  • Techniques for cracking passwords
  • Best practices and concepts for reporting


Hacking: The Art of Exploitation, 2nd Edition
Author: Jon Erickson
Published at: 04/02/2008
ISBN: 1593271441

This book remains the best book to learn Hacking still to date and a must read for every hacker. What makes it unique is that it spends more time on explaining technical foundation and how things work from inside instead of directly taking you through tutorials. It will first make you understand underlying mechanism and architectures and then it teaches you how to outsmart security measures, corrupt system, wireless encryption cracking and network attacks etc.

What you will learn

  • Programming computers using C, assembly language, and shell scripts
  • How to corrupt systems memory to run arbitrary code using buffer overflows and format strings
  • Inspecting processor registers and system memory with a debugger to understand the inner mechanism
  • How to outsmart common security measures like non-executable stacks and intrusion detection systems
  • Gaining access to a remote server using connect-back shellcode or port-binding, and alter a server's logging behavior to hide your presence
  • Redirecting network traffic, concealing open ports, and hijacking TCP connections
  • Cracking encrypted wireless traffic using the FMS attack, and speeding up brute-force attacks using a password probability matrix


The Basics of Hacking and Penetration Testing, Second Edition: Ethical Hacking and Penetration Testing Made Easy
Author: Patrick Engebretson
Published at: 15/08/2013
ISBN: 0124116442

If you want to learn Hacking from the very basic in an easy and friendly way, you can follow this book. It serves as an introduction to the steps required to complete a penetration test or perform an ethical hack from beginning to end.

What you will learn

  • Fundamentals of pen testing and the tools required to do so
  • Scanning a system to detect  weaknesses
  • Exploiting the system by attacking the weakness
  • Essentials of social engineering attacks
  • Web based exploitation
  • Post exploitation and maintaining access with Backdoors, Rootkit, and Meterpreter
  • Wrapping up the penetration test


Rtfm: Red Team Field Manual
Author: Ben Clark
Published at: 11/02/2014
ISBN: 1494295504

This book is an excellent reference manual with common commands and charts frequently used by penetration testers. It is an effective and informative manual containing thousands of commands for Windows, Linux, Nmap, SQLMAP, VPN, Putty, Powershell, Google Hacking, Tunneling and lots more.

What you will learn:

  • Command lines for windows
  • Command lines for Linux
  • Useful tool syntax
  • Commands for web based exploitation
  • Tricks for hacking databases
  • Basic programming hacks
  • Techniques for hacking wireless devices


Metasploit: The Penetration Tester's Guide
Author: David Kennedy,Jim O'gorman,Devon Kearns,Mati Aharoni
Published at: 15/07/2011
ISBN: 159327288X

The Metasploit Framework is a very handy tool to pentesters for discovering, exploiting, and sharing vulnerabilities in a quick and relatively painless way. Metasploit is a widely used tool by security professionals everywhere which makes it a bit hard to grasp for first-time users. But this book makes it easy for you by teaching you how to harness the Framework and interact with the vibrant community of Metasploit contributors.

What you will learn

  • How to find and exploit corrupted systems
  • Performing reconnaissance to gather important information about your target
  • How to bypass anti-virus technologies and avoid security controls
  • Integrating Nmap, NeXpose, and Nessus with Metasploit to automate discovery
  • How to use the Meterpreter shell to launch further attacks from inside the network
  • Uses of harness standalone Metasploit utilities, third-party tools, and plugins
  • How to write Meterpreter post exploitation modules and scripts at your own


Black Hat Python: Python Programming for Hackers and Pentesters
Author: Justin Seitz
Published at: 21/12/2014
ISBN: 1593275900

Most hackers choose Python for creating powerful and effective Hacking tools. This book teaches you Python programming to make such tools for creating stealthy trojans, extending Burp-Suite, and escalating Windows privileges. It emphasizes more on black hat techniques like writing exploits and network sniffers, manipulating packets and infecting virtual machines.

What you will learn

  • How to create a trojan command-and-control using GitHub
  • How to detect sandboxing and automate common malware tasks
  • How to use creative process control for escalating Windows privileges
  • How to retrieve password hashes and inject shellcode into a VM using offensive memory forensics tricks
  • How to extend the popular Burp Suite web-hacking tool
  • How to perform a man-in-the-browser attack by abusing Windows COM automation
  • How to exfiltrate data from a network most sneakily


Hacking Exposed 7: Network Security Secrets and Solutions
Author: Stuart McClure,Joel Scambray,George Kurtz
Published at: 01/08/2012
ISBN: 0071780289

If you want to reinforce your system security and defeat the tools and tactics of cyber-criminals, you should follow this book. It exposes the hackers latest devious methods and illustrates field-tested solutions.

You will learn how to

  • Detect and block APTs and web-based meta-exploits
  • Protect your system from UNIX-based root access and buffer overflow hacks
  • Secure your password by blocking SQL injection, spear phishing, and embedded-code attacks
  • Defend against rootkits, Trojans, bots, worms, and malware
  • Use smartcards and hardware tokens for locking down remote access
  • Plug holes in VoIP, social networking, cloud, and Web 2.0 services
  • Detect latest iPhone and Android attacks and protect your device



CEH Certified Ethical Hacker Bundle, Third Edition (All-in-One)
Author: Matt Walker
Published at: 24/01/2017
ISBN: 125983753X

This integrated self-study book offers complete coverage of the EC Council's Certified Ethical Hacker v9 exam. It illustrates all of the tools, techniques, and exploits relevant to the CEH exam.

You will learn how to:

  • Gather information for ethical hacking
  • Identify targets and attack them
  • Attack web application and servers
  • Avoid the devices aligned against you
  • Break cloud computing security
  • Hack mobile platforms


Hacking: Ultimate Hacking for Beginners, How to Hack
Author: Andrew Mckinnon
Published at: 29/05/2015
ISBN: 1514125331

This comprehensive and easy-to-follow book is intended to help beginners understanding the fundamental concepts of hacking. It will teach you how to hack systems using simple tools and provide instructions on how to safely access the deep web and all its secrets.

What you will learn

  • The fundamentals of Hacking
  • How to hack systems and networks
  • How to gather data, analyze and manipulate
  • Hacking different devices like webcam and mobile phones
  • Cracking passwords on different platforms
  • Penetration testing



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