Top 10 Books Of-All-Time To Learn Hacking

Want to get started with hacking in 2023? We've currated a list of some useful books to help with that journey.

10 Best Books to learn Hacking
10 Best Books to learn Hacking

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Hacking: The Art of Exploitation - Jon Erickson

This is a fundamental book for anyone starting out in ethical hacking. Erickson provides an in-depth look into the world of hacking, covering a broad range of topics from programming to network communications. The best part is that it includes practical exercises to solidify your understanding. An excellent resource for learning and understanding hacking techniques at a deep level.


Metasploit: The Penetration Tester's Guide - David Kennedy, Jim O'Gorman.

Metasploit is one of the most commonly used frameworks in penetration testing and this book serves as the perfect guide. It offers a thorough introduction to the Metasploit framework, making it a must-read for beginners. The hands-on examples are very useful and provide practical insight into the world of penetration testing.


The Web Application Hacker's Handbook - Dafydd Stuttard and Marcus Pinto

Web security is a crucial aspect of cybersecurity. This book is a comprehensive guide to securing web applications, highlighting various tools and techniques used by hackers to exploit common vulnerabilities. It is an indispensable resource for those looking to secure web applications.


Black Hat Python - Justin Seitz

This book is perfect for those with some basic knowledge of Python programming and wanting to explore how it can be used for hacking purposes. It provides an excellent overview of how to automate tasks and script out attacks in a professional setting.


Penetration Testing: A Hands-On Introduction to Hacking - Georgia Weidman

An excellent beginner-friendly book that gives a comprehensive introduction to penetration testing and hacking. The author does a wonderful job of walking you through different concepts, tools, and techniques. It includes hands-on exercises and covers a wide range of topics from mobile hacking to writing your own exploits.


Nmap Network Scanning - Gordon Fyodor Lyon

This book is the official guide to the Nmap Network Scanning tool. It offers a very unique and detailed approach to the Nmap tool for both beginners and absolute professionals. If you want a systematic approach to Nmap and the corresponding capabilities, this a worth your time.


The Basics of Hacking and Penetration Testing - Patrick Engebretson

It's a great introductory book for those new to the field of ethical hacking. It explains the concepts in an easy-to-understand language and goes step-by-step through the four stages of gaining access to a system. A worthwhile read for beginners.


CEH v11: Certified Ethical Hacker Study Guide - Ric Messier

For those studying for the CEH certification, this book is an essential resource. It covers all the topics you'll need to understand for the exam. The content is well-structured and easy to follow, making it a helpful tool for test-preparation.


Rtfm: Red Team Field Manual - Ben Clark

This manual is a compact but potent guide filled with useful syntax and commands for penetration testers and red teamers. While it's not a tutorial-style book, its collection of practical references makes it a must-have when conducting a penetration test.


Network Security Assessment: Know Your Network - Chris McNab

A practical guide to understanding how to assess a network for potential vulnerabilities. This book covers a wide range of topics and provides detailed methodologies for the assessment process. It’s an excellent resource for those looking to delve deeper into network security.


Honorable Mentions

  1. Social Engineering: The Art of Human Hacking - Christopher Hadnagy
  2. Practical Malware Analysis: The Hands-On Guide to Dissecting Malicious Software - Michael Sikorski and Andrew Honig
  3. Cybersecurity: Attack and Defense Strategies - Diogenes and Erdal Ozkaya.
  4. Blue Team Handbook: Incident Response Edition - Don Murdoch.
  5. The Hacker Playbook 3: Practical Guide To Penetration Testing - Peter Kim.


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