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Download This PDF Book: Linux Basics for Hackers: Getting Started with Networking, Scripting, and Security in Kali by OccupyTheWeb 


Hacking is the most important skill set of the 21st century! I don’t make that statement lightly. Events in recent years seem to reaffirm this statement with every morning’s headline. 

Nations are spying on each other to gain secrets, cyber criminals are stealing billions of dollars, digital worms demanding ransoms are being released, adversaries are influencing each other’s elections, and combatants are taking down each other’s utilities. 

These are all the work of hackers, and their influence over our increasingly digital world is just beginning to be felt. I decided to write this book after working with tens of thousands of aspiring hackers through Null-Byte, https://www hackers-arise com/, and nearly every branch of the US military and intelligence agencies (NSA, DIA, CIA, and FBI). 

These experiences have taught me that many aspiring hackers have had little or no experience with Linux, and this lack of experience is the primary barrier to their starting the journey to becoming professional hackers. 

Almost all the best hacker tools are written in Linux, so some basic Linux skills are a prerequisite to becoming a professional hacker. I have written this book to help aspiring hackers get over this barrier. Hacking is an elite profession within the IT field. As such, it requires an extensive and detailed understanding of IT concepts and technologies. 

At the most fundamental level, Linux is a requirement. I strongly suggest you invest time and energy into using and understanding it if you want to make hacking and information security your career. 

This book is not intended for the experienced hacker or the experienced Linux admin. Instead, it is intended for those who want to get started along the exciting path of hacking, cybersecurity, and pentesting. 

It is also intended not as a complete treatise on Linux or hacking but rather a starting point into these worlds. It begins with the essentials of Linux and extends into some basic scripting in both bash and Python. Wherever appropriate, I have tried to use examples from the world of hacking to teach Linux principles. 

In this introduction, we’ll look at the growth of ethical hacking for information security, and I’ll take you through the process of installing a virtual machine so you can install Kali Linux on your system without disturbing the operating system you are already running.

This practical, tutorial-style book uses the Kali Linux distribution to teach Linux basics with a focus on how hackers would use them. Topics include Linux command line basics, filesystems, networking, BASH basics, package management, logging, and the Linux kernel and drivers.

If you're getting started along the exciting path of hacking, cybersecurity, and pentesting, Linux Basics for Hackers is an excellent first step. 

Using Kali Linux, an advanced penetration testing distribution of Linux, you'll learn the basics of using the Linux operating system and acquire the tools and techniques you'll need to take control of a Linux environment.

First, you'll learn how to install Kali on a virtual machine and get an introduction to basic Linux concepts. Next, you'll tackle broader Linux topics like manipulating text, controlling file and directory permissions, and managing user environment variables. 

You'll then focus in on foundational hacking concepts like security and anonymity and learn scripting skills with bash and Python. Practical tutorials and exercises throughout will reinforce and test your skills as you learn how to:

- Cover your tracks by changing your network information and manipulating the rsyslog logging utility

- Write a tool to scan for network connections, and connect and listen to wireless networks

- Keep your internet activity stealthy using Tor, proxy servers, VPNs, and encrypted email

- Write a bash script to scan open ports for potential targets

- Use and abuse services like MySQL, Apache web server, and OpenSSH

- Build your own hacking tools, such as a remote video spy camera and a password cracker

Hacking is complex, and there is no single way in. Why not start at the beginning with Linux Basics for Hackers?

About the Author:

OccupyTheWeb (OTW) is the pseudonym for the founder and primary writer for the hacker and pentester training website, Hackers-Arise. He is a former college professor and has over 20 years of experience in the information technology industry. 

He has trained hackers throughout the US, including branches of the US military (Army, Air Force, and Navy) and the US intelligence community (CIA, NSA, and DNI). He is also an avid mountain biker and snow boarder.

Who Should Read This Book

If you’re getting started along the exciting path of hacking, cybersecurity, and pentesting, Linux Basics for Hackers is an excellent first step.

About the Publisher

No Starch Press has published the finest in geek entertainment since 1994, creating both timely and timeless titles like Python Crash Course, Python for Kids, How Linux Works, and Hacking: The Art of Exploitation. An independent, San Francisco-based publishing company, No Starch Press focuses on a curated list of well-crafted books that make a difference. 

They publish on many topics, including computer programming, cybersecurity, operating systems, and LEGO. The titles have personality, the authors are passionate experts, and all the content goes through extensive editorial and technical reviews. 

Long known for its fun, fearless approach to technology, No Starch Press has earned wide support from STEM enthusiasts worldwide.


"The information provided can help even a general user to get more comfortable with the Linux operating system without feeling overwhelmed by more complex, security-related topics and usage.

While we could all benefit from more attention to security, Linux Basics for Hackers just might inspire the next crop of budding techies into the security rock stars of tomorrow."

—Tim Everson, The Ethical Hacker Network

"If you're just getting started or working your way to expert level, getting a copy of this book might be one of the best things you can do to develop your cybersecurity skills."

—Sandra Henry-Stocker, Network World

"Linux Basics for Hackers is immediately practical. Its quick and dirty approach to exploring and using a Linux system was welcome."

—Jesse Smith, DistroWatch Weekly

"If you are starting out in Computer Science and want to get up to speed quickly on Linux and Unix like operating systems, working through this book will put you well ahead of your fellow students, and quickly."

—Greg Laden, Greg Laden's Blog

"A great guide for those who are not familiar with Linux as well as those who are proficient."

—Davin Jackson, Alpha Cyber Security, Books to Start Your Penetration Testing Journey

"Linux Basics for Hackers is the best book for Jr. penetration testers and newbies who want to learn InfoSec. Though aimed at hacking, it's the best general intro to Linux I've read. Gives a great overview of Linux basics and useful terminal commands."


About the Author

OccupyTheWeb is an infosec consultant, forensic investigator, and trainer with more than 20 years in the industry. He maintains the Hackers-Arise training site (https://www hackers-arise com/) and trains US military personnel, Department of Defense contractors, and federal employees in information security and hacking.




Chapter 1: Getting Started with the Basics

Chapter 2: Text Manipulation

Chapter 3: Analyzing and Managing Networks

Chapter 4: Adding and Removing Software

Chapter 5: Controlling File and Directory Permissions

Chapter 6: Process Management

Chapter 7: Managing User Environment Variables

Chapter 8: Bash Scripting

Chapter 9: Compressing and Archiving

Chapter 10: Filesystem and Storage Device Management

Chapter 11: The Logging System

Chapter 12: Using and Abusing Services

Chapter 13: Becoming Secure and Anonymous

Chapter 14: Understanding and Inspecting Wireless Networks

Chapter 15: Managing the Linux Kernel and Loadable Kernel Modules

Chapter 16: Automating Tasks with Job Scheduling

Chapter 17: Python Scripting Basics for Hackers

About the book:

Publisher ‏ : ‎ No Starch Press; Illustrated edition (December 4, 2018)

Language ‏ : ‎ English

Pages ‏ : ‎ 248 

File: PDF, 9MB


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