The Hacker Playbook tops our list because of its vast topics coverage on pentesting and hacking tutorials. It’s a greatly informative book which teaches you step-by-step pentesting and guides you with practical methods, hands on examples and helpful advice from experts. Apart from that, It also focuses on advance topics such as attacking networks, privilege escalation and evading antiviruses. It is completely dedicated to penetration testing methods in ethical manner, which is really helpful for newbies.
This is probably the best hacking book for beginners because it covers range of chapters on penetration testing and instructs you How to perform an ethical hack from very basic. The initial part serves as an introduction to ethical hacking and common pentesting methods. Reader will learn to use Kali Linux with great ease and what’s more fascinating is that it focuses heavily on tools usage like Nessus, Nmap, Metasploit, SET, w3af, Netcat, MetaGooFil etc. It explains everything in detail and simple manner, so if you are looking to get started then I’d say, “Go for it without any second thought.”
#3 Hacking: The Art of Exploitation 2nd Edition
This is considered to be greatest hacking book of all time and a must read for every hacker. It is very unique in every term, Unlike others it spends more time explaining technical foundation and How things work from inside. So 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. Programming language coverage includes C, Assembly Language and Shell Scripting.
You may know the importance of programming languages for hackers specially Python, one of the most useful and essential language for hackers because whenever it comes to creating powerful hacking tools or scripts, Python is foremost. This book teaches you Python programming and explores the darker side of its capabilities like creating stealthy trojans, extending Burp-Suite, and escalating Windows privileges. It focuses more on black hat techniques like writing exploits & network sniffers, manipulating packets and infecting virtual machines. It comes highly recommended.
RTFM is an excellent command line book written by an experienced pentester, it is very handy and cheap but very effective and informative as well. It contains 90 pages of commands for Windows, Linux, Nmap, SQLMAP, VPN, Putty, Powershell, Google Hacking, Tunneling and lot more which I could not list here, It features around 2000 syntax and their respective tutorials from basic to advance. Another most exciting and important thing you’ll learn is new Red Teaming techniques which is to be known as very effective skill of a penetration tester.
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