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Hacking the Hacker: Learn From the Experts Who Take Down Hackers

Hacking the Hacker: Learn From the Experts Who Take Down Hackers

Roger A. Grimes

ISBN: 978-1-119-39622-2

Apr 2017

320 pages



Meet the world's top ethical hackers and explore the tools of the trade

Hacking the Hacker takes you inside the world of cybersecurity to show you what goes on behind the scenes, and introduces you to the men and women on the front lines of this technological arms race. Twenty-six of the world's top white hat hackers, security researchers, writers, and leaders, describe what they do and why, with each profile preceded by a no-experience-necessary explanation of the relevant technology.  Dorothy Denning discusses advanced persistent threats, Martin Hellman describes how he helped invent public key encryption, Bill Cheswick talks about firewalls, Dr. Charlie Miller talks about hacking cars, and other cybersecurity experts from around the world detail the threats, their defenses, and the tools and techniques they use to thwart the most advanced criminals history has ever seen. Light on jargon and heavy on intrigue, this book is designed to be an introduction to the field; final chapters include a guide for parents of young hackers, as well as the Code of Ethical Hacking to help you start your own journey to the top.

Cybersecurity is becoming increasingly critical at all levels, from retail businesses all the way up to national security. This book drives to the heart of the field, introducing the people and practices that help keep our world secure.

  • Go deep into the world of white hat hacking to grasp just how critical cybersecurity is
  • Read the stories of some of the world's most renowned computer security experts
  • Learn how hackers do what they do—no technical expertise necessary
  • Delve into social engineering, cryptography, penetration testing, network attacks, and more

As a field, cybersecurity is large and multi-faceted—yet not historically diverse. With a massive demand for qualified professional that is only going to grow, opportunities are endless. Hacking the Hacker shows you why you should give the field a closer look.

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Foreword xxxi

Introduction xxxiii

1 What Type of Hacker Are You? 1

2 How Hackers Hack 9

3 Profile: Bruce Schneier 23

4 Social Engineering 27

5 Profile: Kevin Mitnick 33

6 Software Vulnerabilities 39

7 Profile: Michael Howard 45

8 Profile: Gary McGraw 51

9 Malware 55

10 Profile: Susan Bradley 61

11 Profile: Mark Russinovich 65

12 Cryptography 69

13 Profile: Martin Hellman 75

14 Intrusion Detection/APTs 81

15 Profile: Dr. Dorothy E. Denning 87

16 Profile: Michael Dubinsky 91

17 Firewalls 95

18 Profile: William Cheswick 101

19 Honeypots 107

20 Profile: Lance Spitzner 111

21 Password Hacking 115

22 Profile: Dr. Cormac Herley 123

23 Wireless Hacking 127

24 Profile: Thomas d’Otreppe de Bouvette 133

25 Penetration Testing 137

26 Profile: Aaron Higbee 147

27 Profile: Benild Joseph 151

28 DDoS Attacks 155

29 Profile: Brian Krebs 161

30 Secure OS 165

31 Profile: Joanna Rutkowska 171

32 Profile: Aaron Margosis 175

33 Network Attacks 181

34 Profile: Laura Chappell 185

35 IoT Hacking 189

36 Profile: Dr. Charlie Miller 193

37 Policy and Strategy 201

38 Profile: Jing de Jong-Chen 205

39 Threat Modeling 211

40 Profile: Adam Shostack 217

41 Computer Security Education 221

42 Profile: Stephen Northcutt 227

43 Privacy 231

44 Profile: Eva Galperin 235

45 Patching 239

46 Profile: Window Snyder 245

47 Writing as a Career 249

48 Profile: Fahmida Y. Rashid 259

49 Guide for Parents with Young Hackers 263

50 Hacker Code of Ethics 271

Index 275