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Penetration Testing: A Hands-On Introduction to Hacking Paperback – Illustrated, 14 June 2014
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Georgia Weidman is a penetration tester, researcher, and the founder of Bulb Security, a security consulting firm. She has presented at conferences around the world, including BlackHat, Shmoocon, and Derbycon, and teaches classes on topics like penetration testing, mobile hacking, and exploit development. In 2012, she was awarded a DARPA Cyber Fast Track grant to continue her work in mobile device security.
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I just finished the book and here is my feedback. Yes some of the .iso files for the target environments are harder to find but can still be found online without the use of torrents. If this stops you from doing the labs then this is purely an academic endeavor and you will not have the skills (resourcefulness) to become a pentester. To me it added to the challenge. I also read in some reviews that the hosted files from the author are no longer available and while this is true, you can still get all the information you need to set up you lab from exploit-db and other sites.
Overall this book has done a phenomenal job on introducing users to setting up a lab environments and using tools like Metasploit, Nessus, Maltego, aircrack, and many more. It removed the mystery of how systems are hacked and how anyone with the right mind and technical knowledge could test their own personal network. Always abide by local and federal laws regarding computers.
Sources: Master of Science - Cybersecurity (2017), Bachelor of Science - Computer and Information Science (2010), CompTIA Network+ CE and Security+ CE certified, EC Council Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH).
I had to download the most recent version of kali, the every install I had to look up how to set the tools up from different sources. This book should be removed from amazon as it is not helpful. I looked for a discord or community that could help and lo and behold, you have to contribute to Georgia's patreon to get an invite to the discord.
This might as well be a scam