The Real Hacker's Handbook Paperback – 7 Jul 2011
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About the Author
Described by the BBC as "author and chronicler of the hacking scene", Dr.K is a veteran IT specialist and "old school" hacker who has worked with computers for over 23 years. Dr.K wrote Complete Hacker's Handbook (Carlton 2000, second edition 2002, third edition 2008) and Hackers' Tales (Carlton 2004). He lives off the grid.
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Top Customer Reviews
Well, it's OK. There's some useful discussion around how data protocols work, handshaking and phreaking, but there is a lot of tacit knowledge there that you will have to dig around to really put into context if you want the low-level nitty-gritty on the differences between TCP and UDP and what-have-you.
There are a few typos and grammatical errors that really, IMHO, should have been picked up in subediting ("illusive"... do you mean "elusive"), which sort of suggest that whoever has read through this book to check it has skimmed it a bit, which is sort of faint praise for its readability.
Not awful, and far less sensationalist and more accessible than many books on this topic, but don't come to it expecting to come out the other side of it as a l33t h4x0r, OK?
Buy it, read it, love it!
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This is a good book to buy for a middleschool/highschool kid, but not really something that can be used as reference material, and definitely not something that would be interesting to someone who is already a professional in the field. It does a good job of de-mystifying the internet, and allowing the reader to stop viewing it as a magical place of electrons and wonder, and see it for the garbled mess of poorly managed servers and routers that it really is.