Ethical Hacking, book review: A hands-on guide for would-be security professionals

Ethical Hacking: A Hands-on Introduction to Breaking In • By Daniel G Graham • No Starch Press • 376 pages • ISBN 9781718501874 • £41.99 / $49.99   

The parlous state of software and IT infrastructure security is also a career opportunity, with malware analysts, security researchers, penetration testers and red teams all in demand. Defenders need to know how attackers think, and what tools they use, so they can assess their own infrastructure for vulnerabilities and learn to detect malicious activity in the network. 

In Ethical Hacking: A Hands-on Introduction to Breaking In, Daniel G Graham sets out to deliver a practical guide for learning hacking techniques, and you jump straight into the hands-on guide by creating a set of Linux VMs to host the environment you’re going to break into (since you can’t ethically hack someone else’s environment). You then work through some known vulnerabilities, progressing to capturing traffic, building a botnet and a ransomware server, generating phishing emails and deepfakes. 

Although you’ll need to know how to write and run Python code, you don’t need a great deal of expertise to get started because the step-by-step instructions are clear and detailed. Along the way, complex concepts are explained well:

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