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Hacker Handbook for Beginners - How to become a hacker or to protect yourself from attacks Kindle Edition
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Despite that, Schiller provides a great, rapid overview of the early aspects of hacking, including the innocent days of phone phreaking and the BBS roots of today's highly skilled hackers. I'd forgotten much of that post-hippie era when many hacks were more random than dedicated, and Captain Crunch was among the heroes of the day. So, I smiled as I read the beginning of this book.
From that introduction, Schiller describes early hacker organizations such as MoD and LoD, and resources like Phrack and 2600.
For absolute beginners, the Hacker Handbook for Beginners includes explanations of basic terms such as white hat, black hat, and the oft-disputed concept of grey hats. He gives his definitions of hacks and cracks, and how they differ.
Schiller also covers the expansion of hacking, from events triggered by Sundevil and reactions to Tom Cruise videos, to the formation of Anonymous and WikiLeaks.
Schiller includes tips -- some easier than others -- for anyone wanting to enter the world of hacking. He includes code and resource references if you want to take this further. However, for the average reader, those tips provide insights into the complex world of hacking more than actual training in the field.
For anyone interested in the history of hacking and where it's led today, Schiller's book provides a good survey of the field, then and now.
This book was originally written in German, and some German words are still in the English edition of this book. Likewise, some of the translations can be a little confusing. There's still enough understandable information in this handbook to make this an interesting read.
You may not agree with everything Schiller says. Frankly, a few descriptions bothered me because my roots (no pun intended) at MIT give me a different perspective on hacking in general, but I'm not sure that any two people will share the exact same views about this topic.
If you remember the early days of hacking and want a stroll down memory lane, or you'd like a better understanding of hacks, cracks, and the evolution of phreaks, this is a fine starting point.
Hacking can be a complex topic to learn about. If you research, you immediately get to the pro forums where you won't understand a word or even worse you get one of those hacker websites that directly tries to take over your computer. There is lots of information for the advanced hacker but little information for the beginner.
This book gives a good introduction and also has a good review of the history of hacking and celebrity hackers. Even a newbie will understand the concepts and after reading this book you'll know whether you want to dig further into this topic or not.
Never mind all of the miss-spellings and 6th grade grammer mistakes.
But, this was very cheap for kindle version, so not a huge deal.