Ethical Hacking: A Hands-on Introduction to Breaking In (Paperback)

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A hands-on guide to hacking computer systems from the ground up, from capturing traffic to crafting sneaky, successful trojans.

A crash course in modern hacking techniques, Ethical Hacking is already being used to prepare the next generation of offensive security experts. In its many hands-on labs, you’ll explore crucial skills for any aspiring penetration tester, security researcher, or malware analyst.
You’ll begin with the basics: capturing a victim’s network traffic with an ARP spoofing attack and then viewing it in Wireshark. From there, you’ll deploy reverse shells that let you remotely run commands on a victim’s computer, encrypt files by writing your own ransomware in Python, and fake emails like the ones used in phishing attacks. In advanced chapters, you’ll learn how to fuzz for new vulnerabilities, craft trojans and rootkits, exploit websites with SQL injection, and escalate your privileges to extract credentials, which you’ll use to traverse a private network.
You’ll work with a wide range of professional penetration testing tools—and learn to write your own tools in Python—as you practice tasks like:
  • Deploying the Metasploit framework’s reverse shells and embedding them in innocent-seeming files
  • Capturing passwords in a corporate Windows network using Mimikatz
  • Scanning (almost) every device on the internet to find potential victims
  • Installing Linux rootkits that modify a victim’s operating system
  • Performing advanced Cross-Site Scripting (XSS) attacks that execute sophisticated JavaScript payloads
    Along the way, you’ll gain a foundation in the relevant computing technologies. Discover how advanced fuzzers work behind the scenes, learn how internet traffic gets encrypted, explore the inner mechanisms of nation-state malware like Drovorub, and much more.
    Developed with feedback from cybersecurity students, Ethical Hacking addresses contemporary issues in the field not often covered in other books and will prepare you for a career in penetration testing. Most importantly, you’ll be able to think like an ethical hacker⁠: someone who can carefully analyze systems and creatively gain access to them.

    About the Author

    Dr. Daniel Graham is an Assistant professor of Computer Science at The University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia. His research interests include secure embedded systems and networks. Before joining UVA, Dr. Graham was a Program Manager at Microsoft in Seattle, Washington. He publishes in IEEE journals relating to sensors and networks.

    Praise For…

    "Ethical Hacking is great! I've been using it in my Computer Science, Cybersecurity and Machine Learning high-school classrooms. I really love the idea of having a VM lab that kids can understand and use. Well done!"
    —William Heldman PhD, Technology Educator

    "Ethical Hacking: A Hands On Introduction to Breaking In by Daniel G. Graham is on my list for book recommendations for those interested and new to cyber. Very well detailed and simple enough for most to understand. Another great book published by No Starch Press."
    —Jered Bare, @jeredbare

    "Ethical Hacking is filled with great exercises that give you a much deeper understanding of important, complicated topics by having you go through the details of implementation. Making deep fakes, implementing a botnet and other topics are enlightening, lots of fun and will help you defend against these threats, possibly by also helping you find bugs and issues which can disable them!"
    —Jamie G., Advanced Reviewer

    "Good for beginners in cybersecurity, ethical hacking and offensive security. . . . 4.5 / 5.0"
    —Uday Mittal, Cybersecurity Professional
    Product Details
    ISBN: 9781718501874
    ISBN-10: 1718501870
    Publisher: No Starch Press
    Publication Date: November 2nd, 2021
    Pages: 376
    Language: English