The 13 Best Hacking Books

Are you interested in ethical hacking/pen testing/red team engagements? If so, you’re in the right place.

The following 13 books are the favorites of @OccupytheWeb (Twitter) of Hackers Arise. In November 2022, he appeared on David Bombal’s YouTube channel, an excellent resource on cybersecurity, and provided the following list of books as a roadmap for learning.

#1: Linux Basics for Hackers

If you’re new, this is the first book you should read. It provides the essentials.

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Linux Basics for Hackers: Getting Started with Networking, Scripting, and Security in Kali
  • OccupyTheWeb (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 248 Pages – 12/04/2018 (Publication Date) – No Starch Press (Publisher)

#2: Grey Hat Hacking

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Gray Hat Hacking: The Ethical Hacker’s Handbook, Sixth Edition
  • Harper, Allen (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 704 Pages – 03/09/2022 (Publication Date) – McGraw Hill (Publisher)

#3: This Is How They Tell Me the World Ends

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This Is How They Tell Me the World Ends: The Cyberweapons Arms Race
  • Hardcover Book
  • Perlroth, Nicole (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 528 Pages – 02/09/2021 (Publication Date) – Bloomsbury Publishing (Publisher)

#4: Hands on Hacking

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Hands on Hacking: Become an Expert at Next Gen Penetration Testing and Purple Teaming
  • Hickey, Matthew (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 608 Pages – 08/20/2020 (Publication Date) – Wiley (Publisher)

#5: Penetration Testing

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Penetration Testing: A Hands-On Introduction to Hacking
  • Weidman, Georgia (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 528 Pages – 06/14/2014 (Publication Date) – No Starch Press (Publisher)

#6: Getting Started Becoming a Master Hacker

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Getting Started Becoming a Master Hacker: Hacking is the Most Important Skill Set of the 21st Century!
  • Occupytheweb (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 358 Pages – 11/25/2019 (Publication Date) – Independently published (Publisher)

#7: The Science of Human Hacking

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Social Engineering: The Science of Human Hacking
  • Hadnagy, Christopher (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 320 Pages – 07/31/2018 (Publication Date) – Wiley (Publisher)

#8: Black Hat Python

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Black Hat Python, 2nd Edition: Python Programming for Hackers and Pentesters
  • Seitz, Justin (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 216 Pages – 04/14/2021 (Publication Date) – No Starch Press (Publisher)

#9: Hacking Connected Cars

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Hacking Connected Cars: Tactics, Techniques, and Procedures
  • Knight, Alissa (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 272 Pages – 03/17/2020 (Publication Date) – Wiley (Publisher)

#10: Hacking: the Art of Exploitation

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Hacking: The Art of Exploitation, 2nd Edition
  • Easy to read text
  • It can be a gift option
  • This product will be an excellent pick for you
  • Erickson, Jon (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)

#11: Pentesting Blueprint

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The Pentester BluePrint: Starting a Career as an Ethical Hacker
  • Audible Audiobook
  • Phillip L. Wylie (Author) – Matthew Josdal (Narrator)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 03/30/2021 (Publication Date) – Gildan Media (Publisher)

#12: Hacking APIs

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Hacking APIs: Breaking Web Application Programming Interfaces
  • Ball, Corey J. (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 368 Pages – 07/12/2022 (Publication Date) – No Starch Press (Publisher)

#13: Bug Bounty Bootcamp

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Bug Bounty Bootcamp: The Guide to Finding and Reporting Web Vulnerabilities
  • Bug Bounty Bootcamp: The Guide to Finding and Reporting Web Vulnerabilities
  • No Starch Press
  • ABIS BOOK
  • Li, Vickie (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)

Network Basics for Hackers (Available in Early 2023)

This book (which will be published by No Starch Press in early 2023) is supposedly an exposition of networking protocols and how they can be broken. It was written by @OccupytheWeb, so I expect it to be good. I’m listing it (despite the book not being out yet) because it was mentioned on David Bombal’s podcast.

Honorable Mentions by David Bombal

These books weren’t recommended by @OccupytheWeb, but add some diversity to the above list. @OccupytheWeb offered the general opinion that he didn’t like them, but according to David Bombal, many of his viewers do. So as the expression goes, your mileage may vary here.

#14: The Web Application Hacker’s Handbook

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The Web Application Hacker's Handbook: Finding and Exploiting Security Flaws
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The Web Application Hacker’s Handbook: Finding and Exploiting Security Flaws
  • Comes with secure packaging
  • It can be a gift item
  • Easy to read text
  • Stuttard, Dafydd (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)

#15: Black Hat Go

Black Hat Go: Go Programming For Hackers and Pentesters
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Black Hat Go: Go Programming For Hackers and Pentesters
  • Book – black hat go: go programming for hackers and pentesters
  • Language: english
  • Binding: paperback
  • Steele, Tom (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)

#16: The Hacker’s Playbook

The Hacker Playbook: Practical Guide To Penetration Testing
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The Hacker Playbook: Practical Guide To Penetration Testing
  • Kim, Peter (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 294 Pages – 03/13/2014 (Publication Date) – CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (Publisher)

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