There has always been a question around the blog about my recommendation on hacking books. There are few books that are really good even for beginners and intermediate. Today I have made a list of 13 best hacking books which could be the best for ones who are not very familiar with the topic and wants to get on the bus. These hacking books will be for every person i.e. from beginners to professionals and I made this list to cover the books for every aspect that will play role in your hacking skills, interest, and career. The list will go from books for beginners to professionals in sequential order.

1) Penetration Testing: A hands-on introduction to hacking

This book is the perfect way to take you baby-steps into the world of ethical hacking and penetration. The book Penetration Testing wrote by Georgia Weidman is a good book for anyone who is getting started with hacking or just say a beginner. There are various topics covered in the book like mobile hacking, penetration testing and lot more. The detailed explained steps for each and every method is precise and gives insight into the author’s own field experience and that makes the good start of a long journey.

2) The Web Application Hacker’s Handbook: Finding and Exploiting security flaws 2nd Edi

If you are interested in Web application penetration testing then this book will definitely serve its purpose as its big name. It covers everything you need to know about the topic with simple yet effective language. The author is the founder of the company which made the famous Security testing and scanning tool know as Burp Suite. This book gives the detail explanation of the steps required for web application penetration. The author explains different web technologies, how to exploit those technologies and even how to counter those exploitations.

3) Advanced Penetration Testing: Hacking the World’s Most Secure Networks-

If you have finished the previous books I mentioned then time to step-up your game and get this Advanced Penetration Testing Book by Will Allsopp. This book takes hacking far beyond Kali Linux and Metasploit to provide more complex methods for hacking the secure networks. The techniques which are included in the book are not available in any online certification courses and it focuses on the target’s vulnerabilities, exploitation, and compromisation.  The author also explains the industry’s assets, how they are protected, and finally who protects them. The on-field experience of the author can be reflected in the examples and explanation given in the book. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

4) The Shellcoder’s Handbook: Discovering & Exploiting Security holes 2nd Ed

This book is written by a bunch of experts who are the best in the field dealing with the security holes in the operating system and its applications. With the start of the book, you will work with the basic building blocks of an operating system like the stack, Queue, heap, assembler and so on. If you are interested in the operating system on the basic level, have good knowledge of programming languages then this book will serve you good.

5) Red Team: How to Succeed By Thinking Like The Enemy-

The Book Red Team: How to Succeed By Thinking Like The Enemy is written by the USA Security expert Micah Zenko. This books will give you all the information related to the Red teams, how they operate, their practices, rules and much more. This book will guide to on how to think like an enemy to exploit the system and gain the control and you will be impressed to see the methods and explanation provided by the author. The author also mentioned the useful and useless techniques for the Red team and how they affect the whole process or working environment. If you are interested in Red Teams, their history, their working, and much more about them then your search for that book ends here.

6) Web Hacking 101

Web Hacking 101 is written by Peter Yaworski. The book explains common vulnerabilities found in web applications using publicly disclosed vulnerability reports on bug bounty programs. The book covers vulnerability reports on Cross-site scripting (XSS), Cross-site request forgery (CSRF), Remote Code Execution (RCE) and many more vulnerability types. Each report is analyzed by the author and includes details about the vulnerability, a clear description and the reward that was paid. With this book, you won’t just learn about the vulnerabilities and how they were exploited but also their context, the impact and how to recognize them on your own bug bounty hunts. Finally, the book also provides an overview of bug bounty platforms, tools, blogs and some cheat sheets to get started with bug bounty hunting right away.

7) Applied Network Security Monitoring-

The Applied Network Monitoring book is written by Chris Sanders and Jason Smith. This book deals with the Network Security Monitoring with a practical approach which makes it stands out from the crowd. This book will be your best guide to becoming the Network Security Monitoring Analyst. It also teaches the key concepts of the topic and its related information. The author Chris and Jason are very excellent teachers when it comes to explaining any concept related to NSM. They keep the attention holding and easy language to understand completely. They almost make us believe that the NSM is as easy as nothing.

Also read: Best websites for learning ethical hacking


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