CyberWar

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Terror on the Internet: The New Arena, the New Challenges

Terror on the Internet: The New Arena, the New ChallengesTerrorists fight their wars in cyberspace as well as on the ground. However, while politicians and the media have hotly debated the dangers of terrorists sabotaging the Internet, surprisingly little is known about terrorists’ actual use of the Internet.

In this timely and eye-opening volume, Gabriel Weimann reveals that terrorist organizations and their supporters maintain hundreds of websites, taking advantage of the unregulated, anonymous, and accessible nature of the Internet to target an array of messages to diverse audiences. Drawing on a seven-year study of the World Wide Web, the author examines how modern terrorist organizations exploit the Internet to raise funds, recruit members, plan and launch attacks, and publicize their chilling results. Weimann also investigates the effectiveness of counterterrorism measures and warns that this cyberwar may cost us dearly in terms of civil rights.

Illustrated with numerous examples taken from terrorist websites, Terror on the Internetoffers the definitive introduction to this emerging and dynamic arena. Weimann lays bare the challenges we collectively face in confronting the growing and increasingly sophisticated terrorist presence on the Net. A publication of the United States Institute of Peace, distributed by Potomac Books, Inc.

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The Hacker Diaries : Confessions of Teenage Hackers

The Hacker Diaries : Confessions of Teenage Hackers

To many who knew him, there was nothing odd about him. He was a normal kid…

On February 7, 2000, Yahoo.com was the first victim of the biggest distributed denial-of-service attack ever to hit the Internet. On May 8th, Buy.com was battling a massive denial-of-service attack. Later that afternoon, eBay.com also reported significant outages of service, as did Amazon.com. Then CNN’s global online news operation started to grind to a crawl. By the following day, Datek and E-Trade entered crisis mode…all thanks to an ordinary fourteen-year-old kid.

Friends and neighbors were shocked to learn that the skinny, dark-haired, boy next door who loved playing basketball–almost as much as he loved computers–would cause millions of dollars worth of damage on the Internet and capture the attention of the online world–and the federal government. He was known online as “Mafiaboy” and, to the FBI, as the most notorious teenage hacker of all time. He did it all from his bedroom PC. And he’s not alone.

Computer hacking and Web site defacement has become a national pastime for America’s teenagers, and according to the stories you’ll read about in The Hacker Diaries–it is only the beginning. But who exactly are these kids and what motivates a hacker to strike? Why do average teenagers get involved in hacking in the first place? This compelling and revealing book sets out to answer these questions–and some of the answers will surprise you. Through fascinating interviews with FBI agents, criminal psychologists, law-enforcement officials–as well as current and former hackers–you’ll get a glimpse inside the mind of today’s teenage hacker. Learn how they think, find out what it was like for them growing up, and understand the internal and external pressures that pushed them deeper and deeper into the hacker underground. Every hacker has a life and story of his or her own. One teenager’s insatiable curiosity as to how the family’s VCR worked was enough to trigger a career of cracking into computer systems. This is a remarkable story of technological wizardry, creativity, dedication, youthful angst, frustration and disconnection from society, boredom, anger, and jail time. Teenage hackers are not all indifferent punks. They’re just like every other kid and some of them probably live in your neighborhood. They’re there. All you have to do is look.

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Netcat Power Tools

Netcat Power ToolsOriginally released in 1996, Netcat is a netowrking program designed to read and write data across both Transmission Control Protocol TCP and User Datagram Protocol (UDP) connections using the TCP/Internet Protocol (IP) protocol suite. Netcat is often referred to as a “Swiss Army knife” utility, and for good reason. Just like the multi-function usefullness of the venerable Swiss Army pocket knife, Netcat’s functionality is helpful as both a standalone program and a backe-end tool in a wide range of applications. Some of the many uses of Netcat include port scanning, transferring files, grabbing banners, port listening and redirection, and more nefariously, a backdoor. This is the only book dedicated to comprehensive coverage of the tool’s many features, and by the end of this book, you’ll discover how Netcat can be one of the most valuable tools in your arsenal.

* Get Up and Running with Netcat Simple yet powerful…Don’t let the trouble-free installation and the easy command line belie the fact that Netcat is indeed a potent and powerful program.
* Go PenTesting with Netcat Master Netcat’s port scanning and service identification capabilities as well as obtaining Web server application information. Test and verify outbound firewall rules and avoid detection by using antivirus software and the Window Firewall. Also, create a backdoor using Netcat.
* Conduct Enumeration and Scanning with Netcat, Nmap, and More! Netcat’s not the only game in town…Learn the process of network of enumeration and scanning, and see how Netcat along with other tools such as Nmap and Scanrand can be used to thoroughly identify all of the assets on your network.
* Banner Grabbing with Netcat Banner grabbing is a simple yet highly effective method of gathering information about a remote target, and can be performed with relative ease with the Netcat utility.
* Explore the Dark Side of Netcat See the various ways Netcat has been used to provide malicious, unauthorized access to their targets. By walking through these methods used to set up backdoor access and circumvent protection mechanisms through the use of Netcat, we can understand how malicious hackers obtain and maintain illegal access. Embrace the dark side of Netcat, so that you may do good deeds later.
* Transfer Files Using Netcat The flexability and simple operation allows Netcat to fill a niche when it comes to moving a file or files in a quick and easy fashion. Encryption is provided via several different avenues including integrated support on some of the more modern Netcat variants, tunneling via third-party tools, or operating system integrated IPsec policies.
* Troubleshoot Your Network with Netcat Examine remote systems using Netat’s scanning ability. Test open ports to see if they really are active and see what protocls are on those ports. Communicate with different applications to determine what problems might exist, and gain insight into how to solve these problems.
* Sniff Traffic within a System Use Netcat as a sniffer within a system to collect incoming and outgoing data. Set up Netcat to listen at ports higher than 1023 (the well-known ports), so you can use Netcat even as a normal user.

* Comprehensive introduction to the #4 most popular open source security tool available
* Tips and tricks on the legitimate uses of Netcat
* Detailed information on its nefarious purposes
* Demystifies security issues surrounding Netcat
* Case studies featuring dozens of ways to use Netcat in daily tasks

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Hack Attacks Testing: How to Conduct Your Own Security Audit

Hack Attacks Testing: How to Conduct Your Own Security AuditLearn how to conduct thorough security examinations via illustrations and virtual simulations
A network security breach (a hack, crack, or other invasion) occurs when unauthorized access to the network is achieved and havoc results. The best possible defense is an offensive strategy that allows you to regularly test your network to reveal the vulnerabilities and close the holes before someone gets in. Written by veteran author and security expert John Chirillo, Hack Attacks Testing explains how to perform your own security audits.
Step by step, the book covers how-to drilldowns for installing and configuring your Tiger Box operating systems, installations, and configurations for some of the most popular auditing software suites. In addition, it includes both common and custom usages, scanning methods, and reporting routines of each. Finally, Chirillo inspects the individual vulnerability scanner results and compares them in an evaluation matrix against a select group of intentional security holes on a target network. Chirillo tackles such topics as:
* Building a multisystem Tiger Box
* Basic Windows 2000 Server installation and configuration for auditing
* Basic Linux and Solaris installation and configuration
* Basic Mac OS X installation and configuration for auditing
* ISS, CyberCop, Nessus, SAINT, and STAT scanners
* Using security analysis tools for Mac OS X
* Vulnerability assessment
Bonus CD!
The CD contains virtual simulations of scanners, ISS Internet Scanner evaluation version, and more.

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Managed Code Rootkits: Hooking into Runtime Environments

Managed Code Rootkits: Hooking into Runtime EnvironmentsImagine being able to change the languages for the applications that a computer is running and taking control over it. That is exactly what managed code rootkits can do when they are placed within a computer. This new type of rootkit is hiding in a place that had previously been safe from this type of attack-the application level. Code reviews do not currently look for back doors in the virtual machine (VM) where this new rootkit would be injected. An invasion of this magnitude allows an attacker to steal information on the infected computer, provide false information, and disable security checks. Erez Metula shows the reader how these rootkits are developed and inserted and how this attack can change the managed code that a computer is running, whether that be JAVA, .NET, Android Dalvik or any other managed code. Management development scenarios, tools like ReFrameworker, and countermeasures are covered, making this book a one stop shop for this new attack vector.

  • Introduces the reader briefly to managed code environments and rootkits in general
  • Completely details a new type of rootkit hiding in the application level and demonstrates how a hacker can change language runtime implementation
  • Focuses on managed code including Java, .NET, Android Dalvik and reviews malware development scenarios

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