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Hacking: Digital Media and Technological Determinism

Hacking: Digital Media and Technological Determinism (Digital Media and Society)Hacking provides an introduction to the community of hackers and an analysis of the meaning of hacking in twenty-first century societies.

One the one hand, hackers infect the computers of the world, entering where they are not invited, taking over not just individual workstations but whole networks. On the other, hackers write the software that fuels the Internet, from the most popular web programmes to software fundamental to the Internet’s existence. Beginning from an analysis of these two main types of hackers, categorised as crackers and Free Software/Open Source respectively, Tim Jordan gives the reader insight into the varied identities of hackers, including:

* Hacktivism; hackers and populist politics
* Cyberwar; hackers and the nation-state
* Digital Proletariat; hacking for the man
* Viruses; virtual life on the Internet
* Digital Commons; hacking without software
* Cypherpunks; encryption and digital security
* Nerds and Geeks; hacking cultures or hacking without the hack
* Cybercrime; blackest of black hat hacking

Hackers end debates over the meaning of technological determinism while recognising that at any one moment we are all always determined by technology. Hackers work constantly within determinations of their actions created by technologies as they also alter software to enable entirely new possibilities for and limits to action in the virtual world. Through this fascinating introduction to the people who create and recreate the digital media of the Internet, students, scholars and general readers will gain new insight into the meaning of technology and society when digital media are hacked.

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Computer Attack and Cyberterrorism

Computer Attack and CyberterrorismMany international terrorist groups now actively use computers and the Internet to communicate, and several may develop or acquire the necessary technical skills to direct a co-ordinated attack against computers in the United States. A cyberattack intended to harm the U.S. economy would likely target computers that operate the civilian critical infrastructure and government agencies. However, there is disagreement among some observers about whether a co-ordinated cyberattack against the U.S. critical infrastructure could be extremely harmful, or even whether computers operating the civilian critical infrastructure actually offer an effective target for furthering terrorists’ goals. While there is no published evidence that terrorist organizations are currently planning a co-ordinated attack against computers, computer system vulnerabilities persist world-wide, and initiators of the random cyberattacks that plague computers on the Internet remain largely unknown. Reports from security organisations show that random attacks are now increasingly implemented through use of automated tools, called ‘bots’, that direct large numbers of compromised computers to launch attacks through the Internet as swarms. The growing trend toward the use of more automated attack tools has also overwhelmed some of the current methodologies used for tracking Internet cyberattacks. This book provides background information for three types of attacks against computers (cyberattack, physical attack, and electromagnetic attack), and discusses related vulnerabilities for each type of attack.The book also describes the possible effects of a co-ordinated cyberattack, or computer network attack (CNA), against U.S. infrastructure computers, along with possible technical capabilities of international terrorists. Issues for Congress may include how could trends in cyberattacks be measured more effectively; what is appropriate guidance for DOD use of cyberweapons; should cybersecurity be combined with, or remain separate from, the physical security organization within DHS; how can commercial vendors be encouraged to improve the security of their products; and what are options to encourage U.S. citizens to follow better cybersecurity practices. Appendices to this book describe computer viruses, spyware, and ‘bot networks’, and how malicious programs are used to enable cybercrime and cyberespionage. Also, similarities are drawn between planning tactics currently used by computer hackers and those used by terrorists groups for conventional attacks.

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Counting from Zero

Counting from ZeroCan a security expert save the Internet from a catastrophic zero day cyber attack by a network of zombie computers, known as a botnet? At what cost?

“Credible and believable, this story is told by a subject matter expert. I could not wait to find out what happened next.”
Vint Cerf, Internet pioneer
“The threat to the Internet from worms, viruses, botnets, and zombie computers is real, and growing. Counting from Zero is a great way to come up to speed on the alarming state of affairs, and Johnston draws you in with his story and believable cast of characters.”
Phil Zimmermann, creator of Pretty Good Privacy (PGP) the most widely used email encryption program
Today, every computer connected to the Internet is under constant attack from viruses, worms, port scans, and spam. Security professionals continually fight to contain newly unleashed cyber attacks, known as ‘zero day’ attacks, only to have new attacks launched. Millions of computers have already succumbed, and, without their owner’s knowledge, have become slave computers – remotely controlled ‘zombies’. Under the control of organized crime and backed by foreign governments, these computers are morphing into collections known in the industry as botnets, short for robot networks.
Internet security expert Mick O’Malley is the only one who recognizes the growing threat of the ultimate zero day attack on the Internet from a massive botnet, and his unique hacker skills and network of colleagues enable him to fight back. More cyber prep than cyber punk, Mick uses real-life tools and techniques to encrypt all his communications, and uses these skills to break the encryption used by the botnet. Mick uses encryption on a personal level, too, having multiple passports and multiple names and identities. While crisscrossing the globe in the air, on land, and at sea investigating the threat, Mick becomes the target of attacks on his reputation, his identity, and ultimately his life.
Along the way, Mick meets Kateryna Petrescu, a beautiful Romanian firewall expert. Mick’s attraction to Kateryna develops as they work closely together and share the excitement and danger. Why is the government following Mick and trying to intercept his communications? Can he stop the zero day attack before it is unleashed? What will be the cost to Mick for his single mindedness?
Unfolding across three continents, the new cybercrime mystery “Counting from Zero” gives a realistic insider’s view of the thrust and parry world of computer security and cryptography, and the very real threat of botnets.

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Gray Hat Hacking The Ethical Hackers Handbook, 3rd Edition

Gray Hat Hacking The Ethical Hackers Handbook, 3rd EditionFully updated expanded to cover the latest devious hacking methods

Featuring in-depth, advanced coverage of vulnerability discovery and reverse engineering, Gray Hat Hacking, Third Edition provides eight brand-new chapters on the latest ethical hacking techniques. In addition to the new chapters, the rest of the book is updated to address current issues, threats, tools and techniques.

This one-of-a-kind guide offers a comprehensive overview of the hacking landscape and is organized in a progressive manner, first giving an update on the latest developments in hacking-related law, useful to everyone in the security field. Next, the book describes the security testing process and covers useful tools and exploit frameworks. The second section is expanded by explaining social engineering, physical, and insider attacks and the latest trends in hacking (Voice over IP and SCADA attacks). The book then explains, from both a code and machine-level perspective, how exploits work and guides you through writing simple exploits. Finally, the authors provide a comprehensive description of vulnerability research and reverse engineering.

Gray Hat Hacking, Third Edition features eight new chapters, covering:

  • Social engineering
  • Physical attacks
  • Insider attacks
  • VoIP attacks
  • SCADA attacks
  • Dradis framework and information sharing
  • Client content-based attacks
  • Web server attacks

Detailed, authoritative coverage Introduction to Ethical Disclosure; Ethics of Ethical Hacking; Ethical Hacking and the Legal System; Proper and Ethical Disclosure; Penetration Testing and Tools; Social Engineering Attacks; Physical Attacks; Insider Attacks; Using BackTrack LiveCD Linux Distribution; Using Metasploit; Dradis and Managing a Pen Test; Exploiting; Progamming SProgrammingills; Basic Linux Exploits; Advanced Linux Exploits; Shellcode Strategies; Writing Linux Shell Code; Basic Windows Exploits; Client Content Based Attacks; Web Server Attacks; VoIP Attacks; SCADA Attacks; Vulnerability Analysis; Passive Analysis; Advanced Static Analysis with IDA Pro; Advanced Reverse Engineering; Client-Side Browser Exploits; Exploiting Windows Access Control Model; Intelligent Fuzzing with Sulley; From Vulnerability to Exploit; Closing the Holes: Mitigation Techniques; Malware Analysis; Collecting Malware and Initial Analysis; Hacking Malware

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Cybercrime and Espionage: An Analysis of Subversive Multi-Vector Threats

Cybercrime and Espionage: An Analysis of Subversive Multi-Vector ThreatsCybercrime and Espionage provides a wealth of knowledge related to the realities seen in the execution of advanced attacks, their success from the perspective of exploitation and their presence within all industry. This book will educate you on realities of advanced, next generation threats, which take form in a variety ways. The authors, working in conjunction with strategic technology partners have key insights into the realm of what these new threats, dubbed “Subversive Multi-Vector Threats” or ‘SMT’s. Whether the goal is to acquire and subsequently sell intellectual property from one organization to a competitor or the international black markets, to compromise financial data and systems, or undermine the security posture of a nation state by another nation state or sub-national entity, these threats are real and growing at an alarming pace.

  • Includes detailed analysis and examples of the threats in addition to related anecdotal information
  • Authors’ combined backgrounds of security, military, and intelligence, give you distinct and timely insights
  • Presents never-before-published information: identification and analysis of cybercrime and the psychological profiles that accompany them

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