Dissecting the Hack: The F0rb1dd3n Network, Revised Edition: The F0rb1dd3n Network (Google eBook)
Syngress, Aug 6, 2010 - Computers - 360 pages
Dissecting the Hack is one heck of a ride! Hackers, IT professional, and Infosec aficionados (as well as everyday people interested in security) will find a gripping story that takes the reader on a global trip through the world of computer security exploits. One-half thriller, one-half reference, each provides context for the other. Together they will show you how to see the digital world just below the surface of daily life.
Yes, the security threats are real! In this revised edition the Part 2 content is completely NEW. Read more about the tactics that you see executed throughout the story in the second half of the book where you will learn to recon, scan, explore, exploit, and expunge with the tools and techniques shown in the story.
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I purchased the revised edition of Dissecting the Hack: The F0rb1dd3n Network, a few months ago and was forced to put it down (just no time to read) about 1/4 of the way in. I recently picked it back up started over and couldn't read part 1 quickly enough.
Part 1 instantly drew me into the story within the first few pages, the story gets off to an amazing start and I found myself sneaking in as much reading as I could. I HAD to know what was going to happen next. Many of the techniques and methods were familiar to me, which put me that much closer to the story. I felt I could easily relate and simply couldn't wait until the next "hack" was performed.
I really liked the STAR section (Part 2) as well, mainly because if there was something I was unfamiliar with I could just look it up right there in the same book. The inclusion of this section AND the ability to treat it either as a stand alone reference OR an integrated part of the story was an excellent idea.
I plan on reading it again but starting with part 2 and looking back at the references of the story. AND looking for more easter eggs.
This book is also approachable from the standpoint of handing it to a manager, parent, or anyone else who may understand how to use computers as an interface to check their email and consider all this "hacking" to be black magic. I think it does a wonderful job of outlining the attacks so they are understood and easily digested.