Dissecting the Hack: The F0rb1dd3n Network, Revised Edition

Dissecting the Hack: The F0rb1dd3n Network, Revised Edition

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Dissecting the Hack: The F0rb1dd3n Network, Revised Edition

Dissecting the Hack: The F0rb1dd3n Network, Revised Edition, deals with hackers and hacking. The book is divided into two parts. The first part, entitled “The F0rb1dd3n Network,” tells the fictional story of Bob and Leon, two kids caught up in an adventure where they learn the real-world consequence of digital actions. The second part, “Security Threats Are Real” (STAR), focuses on these real-world lessons.

The F0rb1dd3n Network can be read as a stand-alone story or as an illustration of the issues described in STAR. Throughout The F0rb1dd3n Network are “Easter eggs”-references, hints, phrases, and more that will lead readers to insights into hacker culture. Drawing on The F0rb1dd3n Network, STAR explains the various aspects of reconnaissance; the scanning phase of an attack; the attacker’s search for network weaknesses and vulnerabilities to exploit; the various angles of attack used by the characters in the story; basic methods of erasing information and obscuring an attacker’s presence on a computer system; and the underlying hacking culture.

  • Revised edition includes a completely NEW STAR Section (Part 2)
  • Utilizes actual hacking and security tools in its story- helps to familiarize a newbie with the many devices and their code
  • Introduces basic hacking techniques in real life context for ease of learning
  • Product Details

    ISBN-13: 9781597495684
    Publisher: Elsevier Science
    Publication date: 08/06/2010
    Pages: 360
    Product dimensions: 7.50(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

    About the Author

    Jayson E. Street is the principle partner in Stratagem One Solutions, an Information Security and Penetration Testing consultancy (http://stratagem-one.com). Jayson has consulted with the FBI on attempted breaches of networks resulting in the capture and successful prosecution of the perpetrators. Jayson has also consulted with the Secret Service on wireless security and cyber crime investigations. Other projects have included conducting a three day training course on Intrusion Detection Systems for an undisclosed government agency in Washington D.C. He also created and taught a workshop on ethical pen-testing with Backtrack 3 for ISSA.

    At the request of the FBI, he was a guest speaker at the INFRAGARD 2004 wireless conference where he presented the current status of the hacking underground. In addition, he's addressed issues concerning wireless security and some solutions to secure it. In June of 2005 and July 2006 he discussed the challenges of educating upper management on the challenges of Information Security at The University of Advancing Technologies Tech Forum. And in 2008 he gave a presentation at the Cyber Crimes Alliance meeting at the invitation of the Secret Service.

    Kent Nabors serves as Vice President of Information Security for a multi-billion dollar financial institution. He has significant experience in both the banking and IT industries. He has worked in bank examinations with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and the Federal Reserve Bank. Kent’s background includes security policy development, systems implementation, incident response, and training development. Kent received his Master of Business Administration from the University of Oklahoma.

    Brian Baskin is a digital forensics professional employed by CSC and serves as the Deputy Lead Technical Engineer with the Defense Cyber Investigations Training Academy (DCITA), part of the Department of Defense Cyber Crime Center (DC3). For more than 10 years, Brian has worked with the DCITA to research, develop, and teach forensic responses to growing cyber threats. Brian devotes much of his time to researching the evolving Internet crimes, network protocol analysis, and Linux and UNIX intrusion responses.

    Brian also serves as a technical reviewer for DCITA. He helps to analyze content and procedures for more than two dozen cyber security courses for technical validity and relevance. For fun, he manages a content creation team that develops online Web-based incident response training that provides hands-on experience to military units stationed overseas. His team works with the various federal and military law enforcement groups for information sharing and collaboration on ongoing threats and best practices.

    Brian has also served as a subject matter expert for content development for the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C) and the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC).

    Marcus J. Carey is well known for being a compulsive mentor in the information security community. Marcus has more than 17 years of experience in the information security field, working in the military, federal, and private sectors. Marcus served more than 8 years active duty in the U.S. Navy Cryptologic Security Group. Marcus ended his naval service by being assigned to the National Security Agency (NSA) where he engineered, monitored, and defended the Department of Defense's secure networks. Marcus earned a Master of Science in Network Security from Capitol College in Laurel, Maryland.

    Table of Contents

    Part 1: FOrb1dd3n













    PART 2: Security Threats Are Real (STAR) 2.0

    Chapter 1: Recon

    Chapter 2: Scan

    Chapter 3: Explore

    Chapter 4: Exploit

    Chapter 5: Expunge

    Chapter 6: Hacker Culture

    Chapter 7: Bit Bucket

    What People are Saying About This

    Stephen Northcutt

    "Dissecting the Hack: the F0rb1dd3n Network is an educational thriller, the reader is thoroughly entertained and yet walks away with an understanding of the importance of information security theory and practice."-- (Stephen Northcutt, President, The SANS Technology Institute)

    Dan Kaminsky

    "Welcome to hacker fiction -- like SciFi, but you don't get to make the good stuff up."-- (Dan Kaminsky, Director of Penetration testing IOActive, Inc.)

    Johnny Long

    "A great read, whether you're a geek or not. Hollywood should take notes...a gripping story centered around real tech."-- (Johnny Long, Professional hacker, best-selling author and founder of Hackers For Charity, Inc.)


    "There have been many sensationalist books on hackers, and this isn't one of them. Get a feeling for what it's really about and follow through with the technical details. Fun like Star Trek, but comes with the blueprints."-- (FX of Phenoelit Recurity Labs GmbH)

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    Dissecting the Hack: The F0rb1dd3n Network, Revised Edition 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
    RichM More than 1 year ago
    When I read Part 1, I initially thought, "What a great way to trick (scare) a Manager/Executive into fixing obvious security vulnerabilities." It may not make an executive get what you do, but it levels the playing field. Most importantly it keeps the door open for further discussion. However, as I read the book (and became engrossed in the story), the more I realized that this book was of a genre that we do not have enough books in. We need more books that are entertaining and spread technical knowledge simultaneously. Finally, I read Part 2 and realized that there is actually a separate and third audience, the newbie crowd. I would have loved to have had this book available when I first started learning infosec. There is something to be said about teaching yourself through exploration and constant searching, but to have all this information at my fingertips would have streamlined the process and cut the learning time in half. Clearly this book is a multi-purpose piece of reference that should be put on all IT Departments' reference shelf. Of course, like most things in life, going back to basics can be good even for the most seasoned of penetration testers. I defy anyone to read Part 2 and not walk away with a single bit of new learned information.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Poor graykit
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Pick my name! Pleeeeease?
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Jaypaw and Graykit screeched in terror as the hawk flew high. Below them, the cats of Streamclan gathered around to see what was happening. Jaypaw could only reconized Dovestar and Dapplefang twitching their tails nervously. While Icepaw and Krestelpaw jolted in terror, and Krestelpaw has a fear look on his face. Jaypaw remembered that Dovestar told her that Krestelpaw broke his leg from a monster and now she wonders if she is going to broke her leg too. Graykit screeched louder and cried help. Jaypaw didn't know what to do, then she remembers the belly rake that she didn't have the chance to do but now is her chance. Jaypaw took her hind leg and slice through the hawk's belly, claws unsheathed. The hawk shcreeched in terror and surprisement and look down to see Jaypaw raking its belly. The hawk raises one of his tslons, while the other one is still holding on to Graykit, and slices through Jaypaw. Pain came toward her, and let go immediently. The hawk's eyes gleamed in triumph and flew away, with Graykit and drops of blood behind. Jaypaw looked down and seeing the ground coming closer and closer. Cats screamed and some went back to their dens. Jaypaw closed her eyes, but before she does that, she looked back up to the sky and still see the hawk flying away. Jaypaw then felt pain on her back and she drift into darkness. "Ratwhisker!" Jaypaw called out in the middle of a dark forest. "What happened? What did I do wrong? Please tell me!" A mysterious gray figure came close to her, and he seems familiar to her. "Stonestar!" Jaypaw exclaimed and ran towards him to hug him. "Jaypaw, I am so sorry." Stonestar's voice was calm and gentle. Jaypaw stopped hugging and looked at him with her dark amber eyes. "About what?" She asked. Stonestar looked down and behind him came a light gray tom, who was really small. Jaypaw feel like she could faint. "Graykit, I am so sorry!" She screamed as Graykit came closer. "It is alright. You were brave enough to come and rescue me, even though you failed. I don't want my brother and sister to know I am dead yet, but Moonpoppy knows you she also knows your bravery and courage to help out." Graykit finished his speech and touch noses with Jaypaw's and he and Stonestar begin to fade. Jaypaw woke up in terror. "Jaypaw! You're awake!" A orange figure exclaimed. It was Krestelpaw, and behind him was Graycloud. "I know you wouldn't leave us! I know it!" Krestelpaw begin to cheer. "Where am I?" Jaypaw looked around. "You are in the Med. Cat den." Graycloud explained. "You failed to rescue Graykit, though." Jaypaw stood up and open her mouth to reply, but her front paw suddenly slipped and she fell back down. "One more thing." Krestelpaw added. "You need to be careful not to put too much weigh on that paw. You can slip back down." Jaypaw nodded and try again. This time she got up and meowed, "I already know he is gone to join Starclan. I spoke to him and he said that his death needs to be kept secret to his littermates until the right time." The two Med. Cats nodded as Jaypaw padded out side. Alot of cats sighed with relief that Jaypaw woke up. At the same time, Dovestar came to her. "Good that you are here!" She exclaimed. "I pick you to come to the gathering." Jaypaw's amber eyes shimmered. 'I can't wait!' She thought. END OF PART FIFTHTEEN!!!! PART SIXTEEN COMING SOON!!!!!!!!!
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