"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
"A good introduction to Linux for those looking to venture into cyber security . . . 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
"Linux Basics for Hackers will quickly get you up to speed . . . 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
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.
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.
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?
"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
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.