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Linux Basics for Hackers: Getting Started with Networking, Scripting, and Security in Kali

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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
Kindle Edition, 248 pages
Published December 4th 2018 by No Starch Press (first published 2018)
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Oct 01, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I am not an aspiring hacker, but I work with an Oracle database that lives in a Linux environment, and this ebook was part of a Humble Bundle I got a while back for some light Python reading, so I figured "What the hell, maybe I'll learn something."

And I did, but I found this took shallow dives into too many deep topics. I'm not really sure who it's for. It would have been better off going deeper into Linux without needing to graze so many areas, or going into far more depth on security, encrypt
Daniel Blazquez
As the title indicates, the audience is users with little to now knowledge of Linux. In this sense, the book does a great job covering the basics -regardless of the "hacking" subtitle. However, it is helpful in the sense that it covers Kali, an offensive security Linux distribution preferred in cybersecurity circles, and each chapter includes a few general guidelines on computer offensive security. A fun and quick read! ...more
Mojtaba Tajik
Nov 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: security
This book is a great starting point to Linux family. All the important basics are covered very clear.
Nov 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
The title of the book could also be "Linux Basics...for Anyone Starting Out in Linux". Apart from a couple of scanning scripts and the names of some of the preloaded utilities in Kali, the book isn't a guide to hacking. As the title says, it's about the basics that someone would need to know about Linux if they were going to perform hacking/pentesting using Kali. The mention of Kali is a bit misleading as well. Though the book's examples are all Debian-based, there are few instructions that can' ...more
Aug 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
If there's ever been a book that one should "get introduced to penetration testing " with, I have a feeling it should be this one.

The book covers a broad swath of the basics of Linux systems without sacrificing essentials while making penetration testing really fun. It luls the reader unconsciously into the culture that resides within hacking overall.

Was sadly using a VM and as such didnt have some tutorials pan out for me the way they should have. Irregardless, it was quite the hands on read.

Kubilay Sarıbardak
Apr 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
First of all, I would like to point out that the book is not for experts.
When I compare it with other hackers books I have read, I cannot say that there are differences in terms of the subject in the first parts, but especially the last 4-5 chapters showed why the book is important. These sections gone deep into Linux and showed detailed applications (for example, browser and password cracker to monitor TCP / IP connections). In summary, the topics mentioned in the book are written carefully and
Jan 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's a good book for Linux beginners, however it might be viewed from another angle:

The author tried to attract readers by using too many "hackings" "spy" "hackers", etc., but always says "how to do .... is beyond the scope of this book". So, he gave all the Linux basics in the name of a hacker. But what the author really wrote had almost nothing to do with hacking itself. So, the title was fancy but not "real".

Well, on the other hand if you think from the author's point of view, no one will buy
Mick Petzold
Dec 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Discusses use of Kali Linux, a pen testing Linux distribution. Instead of being written from the perspective of the System Administrator, it is written from the perspective of a hacker. Two sides of the same coin, really. Good use of geek humor. Learned quite a bit about covering tracks and keeping anonymity as much as possible in today's cyber world. ...more
Jeffrey Dill
May 25, 2021 rated it really liked it
Definitely very introductory, so anyone who's already moderately familiar with Linux or the terminal on any *nix system may feel like it's a bit too basic. But it does have "Basics" right in the title so it's hard to fault it for that.

Overall, it's a great little introduction to some basic pentesting tools.
Aug 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book really covers a broad variety of information but didn't quite touch on some of the things I wished. As the author stated it really is intended for the beginning Linux user. The book was well written and I only wished I had looked at something like this when I started programming 10 years ago. ...more
Tech Ninja
May 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Rating of 4.5/5 An amazing book that any future cybersecurity or IT person should read to get more into making their company/business more efficient and just learning ins and outs of Kali and Linux OS
Shatha Hanya
Jul 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
a very useful book that was written in an excellent way with covering for all topics that lead the beginner to more practical way! i really recommend this book cause it combines networking, programming, and cybersecurity
Jan 02, 2021 rated it really liked it
Very solid for people with little to no Linux experience. If you have some already you can breeze through it quickly and pick up some things you might have missed. There were a few typos in commands "services" vs "service" and a few others that I wish they went a touch deeper in. ...more
Surya Lanka
Mar 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Basics covered

As the name suggests pretty basic stuff and they are covered well. Nothing new. For advanced users try something else.
Thịnh Nguyễn
Feb 26, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A good book for starting to learn Linux and a little bit of hacking.
Jun 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
muy interesante
Aann While
Feb 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It's a great starting point to linux. All the important basics are covered. Fast and easy book. Would recommend to linux-hacking-newcomers. ...more
Mar 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: textbook
Amazing overview for beginners. Must-read if you're a Kali user who's not already Linux proficient. ...more
Dec 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great book even if you have some experience with Kali Linux. It covered some things that I was less familiar with like environment variables, modules, and bluetooth enumeration.
Ronnie Twist
Sep 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Decent intro to Kali distro with a quick review of linux commands to ease the newbies in.
Mayur Sinha
Jun 10, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: tech, infosec
Good for beginners not for advanced users but nevertheless learned some useful concepts and commands.
Daneel Lynn
Jul 29, 2020 rated it it was ok

我雖然沒摸過Linux而且超過20年沒在線上管系統,但當年玩過Sun OS 和 FreeBSD 的經驗足以看出本書的「基本」。
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This book has been a bible for me. Truly has made me feel like a command line ninja.
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