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Ninja Hacking

Unconventional Penetration Testing Tactics and Techniques

Ever thought of using the time-tested tactics and techniques of the ancient ninja to understand the mind of today’s ninja, the hacker? As a penetration tester or security consultant you no doubt perform tests both externally and internally for your clients that include both physical and technical tests. Throw traditional pen testing methods out the window for now and see how thinking and acting like a ninja can actually grant you quicker and more complete access to a company’s assets. Get in before the hacker does with these unorthodox techniques. Use all of the tools that the ninja has: disguise, espionage, stealth, and concealment. Learn how to benefit from these tools by laying your plans, impersonating employees, infiltrating via alarm system evasion, discovering weak points and timing, spyware and keylogging software, and log manipulation and logic bombs. And, really, don’t you want to be a ninja for a day just because they’re cool? Let this book be your excuse!

Audience

Penetration testers; Security consultants; IT security professionals including system / network administrators; hackers

Paperback, 336 Pages

Published: September 2010

Imprint: Syngress

ISBN: 978-1-59749-588-2

Reviews

  • "The hacking community is fraught with Eastern military comparisons. Like the ninja, we are continuing to come out of the shadows of our communal origins and grow into respected members of a larger society. As our industry matures, it demands more formal education, strict regulations and an adherence to a code of ethics. Therefore it becomes increasingly difficult to incorporate the culture of the unconventional warrior into our new world. Enter Wilhelm and Andress, who make it safe to show off your fu again. By the end of this book, the security professional is given the philosophical foundation along with a practical framework from which to leverage the way of the ninja. What could be cooler?"--Overall, Ninja Hacking has excellent relevant material and a significant amount of Ninja lore and history. While this book is not a technical reference, it is an excellent choice for someone who has an interest in Ninjas or someone who is looking for inspiration to think differently about penetration testing and security concepts. The mappings for traditional Ninja skills to the skills of today are mostly well-coupled and are always relevant to how the leaders in the field are addressing security today."----Donald C. Donzal, Editor-in-Chief, The Ethical Hacker Network

    "When they put "unconventional" in the title, the authors weren't exaggerating. Perhaps the most unusual book written on computer security, this volume centers around detailed descriptions of the ethics, mindset, and tactics used in the Japanese martial arts commonly called ninja. The history of ninja fighting arts and the samurai warriors who practiced them are described in the first chapter. Each subsequent chapter presents specific ninja tactics, including intelligence, use of weapons, surveillance, and sabotage, then applies them to effective computer security management. Both authors are computer security specialists. The book also benefits from a Ninjutsu consultant, Bryan R. Garner, and a technical editor, Joshua Abraham."--SciTechBookNews

    "With the good blend of historical techniques and its modern day application there is something in here for everyone."--Hakin9

    "Be in no doubt, credibility is high for this book..All in all, while the writing style is light, the content is, for lack of a better term, meaty. This is definitely not recommended as an entry level book, but it is an excellent resource for penetration testers and those thinking of commissioning pen tests on their systems."--Paul Baccas, NakedSecurity.com, Oct. 25, 2011,


Contents

  • Introduction
    Chapter 1: The Historical Ninja
    Chapter 2: The Modern Ninja
    Chapter 3: Strategies and Tactics
    Chapter 4: Exploitation of Current Events
    Chapter 5: Disguise
    Chapter 6: Impersonation
    Chapter 7: Infiltration
    Chapter 8: Use of Timing to Enter an Area
    Chapter 9: Discovering Weak Points in Area Defenses
    Chapter 10: Psychological Weaknesses
    Chapter 11: Distraction
    Chapter 12: Concealment Devices
    Chapter 13: Covert Listening Devices
    Chapter 14: Intelligence
    Chapter 15: Surveillance
    Chapter 16: Sabotage
    Chapter 17: Hiding and Silent Movement

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