Counter Hack Reloaded: A Step-by-Step Guide to Computer Attacks and Effective Defenses

Written by Ed Skoudis Ed Skoudis is a recognized expert in host and network security. This is an update to Ed's previous book, Counter Hack. This time, he has enlisted the help of Tom Liston, known for his tarpit work ([...] For those unfamiliar with the Counter Hack book, it includes details and examples on everything a security professional should know. This includes ports and protocols, UNIX need to knows, Windows need to knows, Reconnaissance, application attacks, Operating System attacks, Network attacks, Denial of Service attacks, Trojans, Backdoors, Rootkits, altering logs, covert channels, and examples of real world attacks. For those who have not taken the Advanced hacking course at SANS, this book is the closest you will come to experiencing Ed's expertise without taking the course. Ed gives relevant, detailed examples with diagrams and charts, explains how attacks occur, what to look for, and how to defend against them. Ed's experience as a teacher allows him to explain how it all comes together in such a way that beginners and experts alike will learn. For those familiar with Counter Hack, this book offers several updates. While there are updates throughout the entire book, the first major update is the addition of wireless hacking and war driving. Then follows a section dedicated to Bots, an expanded Web Application Attack section including new charts and graphs such as a "Web Application Manipulation Proxies" list, SQL injection attacks, and other more modern day threats. Also added are sections on Google hacking and updated sites and tools as some have changed over the years. While the book may appear to not have changed, after reading a chapter or two, one will clearly see Ed has gone through it with a fine tooth comb and updated quit a bit and where necessary. This provides a great resource for anyone interested in learning today's threats and tools. The approach Ed takes with understanding how attackers get to know your network first, how they stage attacks, how they keep their access and hide their tracks, is valuable knowledge to anyone with the responsibility of securing systems and networks. As most who read my reviews know, I am not a fan of books that try to satisfy the beginners and the advanced, but Counter Hack Reloaded has a nice balance. I would have liked to have seen some more updates in terms of some of the tools and malware discussed, such as replacing BO with a newer threat, but all in all, this is a valuable book worth checking out! Counter Hack Reloaded provides a foundation that is a must know in today's Information Security realm. By Edward Skoudis Counter Hack Reloaded: A Step-by-Step Guide to Computer Attacks and Effective Defenses (2nd Second Edition) [Paperback]

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