Best hacking books – understanding cyber security
The first step to learn hacking is to understand cyber security. That way you have a good base to build on. You should know why cyber security is a problem and what it comes from.
When I learned hacking I used Computer and Information Security Handbook Second Edition, by John R. Vacca. There is nothing about cyber security that you won’t find in it. I still keep it close whenever I have to look something up.
Best hacking books – hands on practice
There are a number of great hacking books that offer hands on practice. They will help you get started in a secure and legal way.
The best book to use for practice is The Hacker Playbook 2: Practical Guide To Penetration Testing, by Peter Kim. It teaches you everything you need to get started.
If you are a Python programmer I also strongly recommend Black Hat Python: Python Programming for Hackers and Pentesters, by Justin Seitz.
Best hacking books – hackers handbook series
If you are very interested in hacking there is an amazing series called hackers handbook. It teaches you hacking for a specific target. Which ever target you choose you will learn it in depth. If you are a beginner you should start with web application since it covers the fundamentals.
Here are some of the books in the series. All of them are great.
You don’t need to be a professional programmer to be a hacker, but it will help you. Hacking is a complex topic. You have to spend time to learn it. What makes it even more difficult is that security always changes. If you learn a way to attack a web application today that might not work tomorrow. To be a great hacker you need to keep your skills up to date.