[Book] Learn Ethical Hacking from Scratch: Your stepping stone to penetration testing


Learn how to hack systems like black hat hackers and secure them like security experts

PS: This book is based on our online course (Learn Ethical Hacking From Scratch), so if you’ve done the course then you already know everything that is covered here.

Key Features

  • Understand how computer systems work and their vulnerabilities
  • Exploit weaknesses and hack into machines to test their security
  • Learn how to secure systems from hackers

This book starts with the basics of ethical hacking, how to practice hacking safely and legally, and how to install and interact with Kali Linux and the Linux terminal. You will explore network hacking, where you will see how to test the security of wired and wireless networks. You’ll also learn how to crack the password for any Wi-Fi network (whether it uses WEP, WPA, or WPA2) and spy on the connected devices.

Moving on, you will discover how to gain access to remote computer systems using client-side and server-side attacks. You will also get the hang of post-exploitation techniques, including remotely controlling and interacting with the systems that you compromised. Towards the end of the book, you will be able to pick up web application hacking techniques. You’ll see how to discover, exploit, and prevent a number of website vulnerabilities, such as XSS and SQL injections.

The attacks covered are practical techniques that work against real systems and are purely for educational purposes. At the end of each section, you will learn how to detect, prevent, and secure systems from these attacks.

What you will learn

  • Understand ethical hacking and the different fields and types of hackers
  • Set up a penetration testing lab to practice safe and legal hacking
  • Explore Linux basics, commands, and how to interact with the terminal
  • Access password-protected networks and spy on connected clients
  • Use server and client-side attacks to hack and control remote computers
  • Control a hacked system remotely and use it to hack other systems
  • Discover, exploit, and prevent a number of web application vulnerabilities such as XSS and SQL injections

Who this book is for

Learning Ethical Hacking from Scratch is for anyone interested in learning how to hack and test the security of systems like professional hackers and security experts.

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. Setting up The Lab
  3. Linux Basics
  4. Network Penetration Testing
  5. Network Penetration Testing – Pre Connection Attacks
  6. Network Penetration Testing – Gaining Access (WEP/WPA/WPA2 Cracking)
  7. Post Connection Attacks
  8. Man-in-the-middle Attacks
  9. Network Penetration Testing – Detection & Security
  10. Gaining Access to Computer Devices
  11. Scanning vulnerabilities using Tools
  12. Client Side Attacks
  13. Client Side Attacks – Social Engineering
  14. Attack and Detect Trojans with BeEF
  15. Attacks Outside The Local Network
  16. Post Exploitation
  17. Website Penetration Testing
  18. Website Pentesting – Information Gathering
  19. File Upload, Code Execution & File Inclusion Vulns
  20. SQL Injection Vulnerabilities
  21. Cross Site Scripting Vulnerabilities
  22. Website Pentesting – Discovering Vulnerabilities Automatically Using OWASP ZAP


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