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Book List

I have tried to pick out books that form part of a common pool of knowledge of the computer underground. Many people ask me what they should read to try to understand what it's about. This is not meant to be an exhaustive list, just enough to raise your curiosity.

Computer Reference *updated!

The Art of Software Security Assessment: Identifying and Preventing Software Vulnerabilities
by Mark Dowd and John McDonald, ISBN-13: 978-0321444424, available in paperback

The Basics of Hacking and Penetration Testing, Second Edition: Ethical Hacking and Penetration Testing Made Easy
by Patrick Engebretson, ISBN-13: 978-0124116443, available in paperback

Bulletproof SSL and TLS: Understanding and Deploying SSL/TLS and PKI to Secure Servers and Web Applications
by Ivan Ristic, ISBN-13: 978-1907117046, available in paperback, pdf, epub, kindle, online

Compilers: Principles, Techniques, and Tools
by Alfred V. Aho, Monica S. Lam, Ravi Sethi, Jeffrey D. Ullman, ISBN-13: 978-0321486813, available in paperback, kindle

Computer Networks
by Andrew S. Tennebaum, ISBN-13: 978-0132126953 , available in paperback, hardcover, eTextbook

Cracking the Coding Interview: 150 Programming Questions and Solutions
by Gayle Laakmann McDowell, ISBN-13: 978-0984782802, available in paperback

The Hacker Playbook: Practical Guide To Penetration Testing
by Peter King, ASIN: B00N4FG6TW, available in paperback

Hacking: The Art of Exploitation
by Jon Erickson, ISBN-13: 978-1593271442 , available in paperback

Introduccion Teorico-Practica a la Programacion Web. Volumen I (Spanish Edition)
by Juan Enrique Lombardi, ISBN-13: 978-1597546324 , available in paperback

Learn You a Haskell for Great Good!: A Beginner's Guide
by Miran Lipovaca, ISBN-13: 978-1593272838, available in paperback, kindle

Practical Malware Analysis: The Hands-On Guide to Dissecting Malicious Software
by Michael Sikorski and Andrew Honig, ISBN-13: 978-1593272906 , available in paperback, kindle

Python Essential Reference
by David M. Beazley, ISBN-13: 978-0672329784, available in paperback, kindle

RTFM: Red Team Field Manual
by Ben Clark, ISBN-13: 978-0321444424 , available in paperback

Secrets of a Buccaneer-Scholar: Self-Education and the Pursuit of Passion
by James Marcus Bach, ISBN-13: 978-1439109090, available in paperback, kindle

Stealing the Network: How to Own the Box
by Ryan Russel, Ido Dubrawsky, FX, Joe Grand, Tim Mullen, ASIN: B006NV2EGI, available in paperback, kindle

The Tangled Web: A Guide to Securing Modern Web Applications
by Michael Zalewski, ISBN-13: 978-1593273880 , available in paperback, kindle

TCP/IP Illustrated, Volume 1: The Protocols (2nd Edition)
by Kevin Fall and W. Richard Stevens, ISBN-13: 978-0321336316, available in hardcover, kindle

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Cyber Punk


William Gibson

The person who coined the term "Cyberspace" in the phenomenal book Neuromancer. We try and get him at DEF CON each year, if we could only get past his agent!

Neuromancer, ISBN 0441569595, available in paperback or hardcover [ISBN 0441000681]
Count Zero, ISBN 0441117732, available in paperback
Mona Lisa Overdrive, ISBN 0553281747, available in paperback or Special Order Edition [ISBN 999271641X]
Burning Chrome, ISBN 0441089348, available in paperback
The Difference Engine, ISBN 055329461X, available in paperback
Virtual Light, ISBN 0553566067, available in paperback
Idoru, ISBN 0425158640, available in paperback or on audio cassette [ISBN 0399142258]

Bruce Sterling

Islands in the Net, ISBN 0441374239, available in paperback
Mirror Shades, ISBN 0441533825, available in paperback
Heavy Weather, ISBN B000002AGE, available in paperback
Schismatrix Plus: Includes Schismatrix and Selected Stories from Crystal Express, ISBN 0441003702, available in paperback.

Phillip K. Dick

Blade Runner

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? is in trade paperback [ISBN 0345350472], paperback [ISBN 0345404475], or audio cassette [ISBN 1570420521]
Retrofitting Blade Runner: Issues in Ridley Scott's 'Blade Runner' and Philip K. Dick's 'Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?', ISBN 0879725109, available in paperback and hard to find used
Future Noir: The Making of Blade Runner, ISBN 0061053147, available in paperback, and quite cool.

Neal Stephenson

What can I say? All three of these books are excellent all for different reasons.

Snowcrash, ISBN 0553562614, available in paperback.
The Diamond Age, ISBN 0553573314, available in paperback, or the more elite out of print version.
Interface, ISBN 0553572407, available in paperback, and written under Stephenson's pen-name, Stephen Bury.
Zodiac: The Eco-Thriller, ISBN 0553573861, available in paperback. Not quite cyberpunk, it was Neal's first book.

Vernor Vinge

You will notice similarities between the excellent True Names and Neuromancer.

True Names and Other Dangers, ISBN 0671653636, available in paperback. This book is out-of-print, but possibly available through the used bookstore network.
True Names and The Opening of the Cyberspace Frontier, ISBN 0312862075, available in hardcover.

John Brunner

This is one of the books that started it all. A bit before its time. 

The Shockwave Rider, ISBN 0345324315, available in paperback.
Stand on Zanzibar, ASIN 0837604389, available in paperback and out of stock.

F.E. Jones

Colossus, ISBN 0425032299, available in paperback. This book is out-of-print, but possibly available through the used bookstore network. 
The Fall of Colossus, ISBN 0399112820, available in paperback. This book is out-of-print, but possibly available through the used bookstore network. 
Colossus and the Crab, ISBN 0425043274, available in paperback. This book is out-of-print, but possibly available through the used bookstore network.
Colossus Trilogy: A Twenty Fifth Anniversary Omnibus Edition/Colossus, Fall of Colossus and Colossus and the Crab, ISBN 9991250271, available in paperback. This book is out-of-print, but possibly available through the used bookstore network.
Colossus the Forbin Project (The Movie) is in VHS Format [ISBN 6300987531]

Mel Odom

Lethal Interface, ISBN 0451451546, available in paperback.

George Orwell

Nineteen Eighty Four is in trade paperback [ISBN 0451524934], paperback [ISBN 0452262933], hardbound [ISBN 0151660387] and old hardback [ISBN 0899663680]

William C. Dietz

Legion of the Damned, ISBN 0441480403, available in paperback.
Bodyguard, ISBN 044100105X, available in paperback.

Aldous Leonard Huxley

Brave New World, ISBN 1556510799, available in paperback. This book is out-of-print, but possibly available through the used bookstore network.
Brave New World Revisited, ISBN 0060809841, available in paperback.

Frederick Pohl

Man Plus, ISBN 067187618X, available in paperback This book is out-of-print, but possibly available through the used bookstore network.
Mars Plus, ISBN 0671876651, available in paperback or hardcover [ISBN 0671876058]

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A peek behind the curtains...

Corporate Espionage: What It Is, Why It Is Happening in Your Company, What You Must Do About It
by Ira Winkler, ISBN 0761508406, available in paperback

Information Warfare: Chaos on the Electronic Superhighway
by Winn Schwartau, ISBN 1560251328, available in hardcover

Spy Catcher: The Candid Autobiography of a Senior Intelligence Officer
by Peter Wright, ISBN 0670820555, available in hardcover This book is out-of-print, but possibly available through the used bookstore network.

The Spy Catcher Trial: The Scandal Behind the #1 Best Seller
by Malcolm Turnbull, ISBN 0881624225, available in hardcover. This book is out-of-print, but possibly available through the used bookstore network.

Skunk Works: A Personal Memoir of My Years at Lockheed
by Ben R. Rich, Leo Janosy, ISBN 0316743003, available in paperback

Inside the Cia: Revealing the Secrets of the World's Most Powerful Spy Agency

by Ronald Kessler, ISBN 067173458X, available in paperback

The FBI: Inside the World's Most Powerful Law Enforcement Agency

by Ronald Kessler, ISBN 067178658X, available in paperback

The Puzzle Palace: A Report on America's Most Secret Agency
 
by James Bamford, ISBN 0140067485, available in paperback

Mossad: Israel's Secret Intelligence Service
by Dennis Eisenberg, ISBN , available in paperback This book is out-of-print, but possibly available through the used bookstore network.

A Man Called Intrepid: The Secret Warby

by William Stevenson, ISBN 0451158989, available in paperback. This book is out-of-print, but possibly available through the used bookstore network.

Inside Cia's Private World: Declassified Articles from the Agency's Internal Journal, 1955-1992  
by H. Bradford Westerfield (Editor), ISBN 0300072643, available in paperback

A Century of Spies: Intelligence in the Twentieth Century

by Jeffrey T. Richelson, ISBN 019511390X, available in paperback

Che Guevara and the FBI
by Ratner, ASIN 1875284761, available in paperback

Privacy on the Line: The Politics of Wiretapping and Encryption
by Whitfield Diffie, Susan Landau, ISBN 0262041677, available in hardcover

Friendly Spies: How America's Allies Are Using Economic Espionage to Steal Our Secrets
by Peter Schweizer, ISBN 0871134977, available in hardcover

War by Other Means:  Economic Espionage in America
by John J. Fialka, ISBN 0393040143, available in hardcover

Competitive Intelligence: How to Gather, Analyse, and Use Information to Move Your Business to the Top
by Larry Kahaner, ISBN 0684844044, available in paperback

Friendly Spies: How America's Allies Are Using Economic Espionage to Steal Our Secrets
by Peter Schweizer, ISBN 0871134977, available in hardcover. This book is out-of-print, but possibly available through the used bookstore network.

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Unconventional Information

How to Investigate Your Friends, Enemies, & Lovers
by Trent Sands & John Q. Newman, ISBN 1568661436, available in paperback

Credit Power: Rebuild your credit in 90 days or less!
by John Q. Newman, ISBN 1568661312, available in paperback

Privacy Power: Protecting Your Personal Privacy in the Digital Age
by Trent Sands, ISBN 1568661118, available in paperback

The Underground Database, ISBN 156866043X, available in paperback

Level 4 Virus Hunters of the CDC
by Joseph B. McCormick, MD. & Susan Fisher-Hoch, MD, ISBN 1570362777, available in paperback

The Hot Zone
by Richard Preston, ISBN 0385479565, available in paperback. This book is out-of-print, but possibly available through the used bookstore network.

Smart Casino Gambling
by Olaf Vancura, Ph.D., ISBN 1568664249, available in paperback

Cheating and Advantage Play at Blackjack
by Dustin D. Marks, ISBN 1568660715, available in paperback

Cheating at Blackjack Squared
by Dustin D. Marks, ISBN 1568660731, available in paperback

The Ultimate Scanner
by Bill Cheek, ISBN 1568660588, available in paperback

Radio Monitoring: The How-to Guide
by T.J. Arey, N2EI, ASIN 1568661010, available in paperback

Scanner Mods and Antennas
by Jerry Pickard, ISBN 1568661207, available in paperback. This book is out-of-print, but possibly available through the used bookstore network.

Scanners & Secret Frequencies
by Henry L. Eisenson, ASIN 1568660383, available in paperback

TravelScan
by Henery & Eric Eisenson, ISBN 1568660847, available in paperback

Smart Drugs and Nutrients: How to Improve Your Memory and Increase Your Intelligence Using the Latest Discoveries in Neuroscience
by Ward Dean, John Morgenthaler, ISBN 0962741892, available in paperback

Smart Drugs II : The Next Generation: New Drugs and Nutrients to Improve Your Memory and Increase Your Intelligence
by Ward Dean, John Morgenthaler, and Steven William Fowkes, ISBN 0962741876, available in paperback

Mega Brain Power: Transform Your Life With Mind Machines and Brain Nutrients
by Michael Hutchison, ISBN 1562827707, available in paperback

Smart Card Developer's Kit
by Scott B. Guthery, Timothy M. Jurgensen, ISBN 1578700272, available in paperback

Acquiring New Id: How to Easily Use the Latest Computer Technology to Drop Out, Start Over, and Get on With Your Life
by Ragnar Benson, ISBN 0873648943, available in paperback

The Modern Identity Changer: How to Create a New Identity for Privacy and Personal Freedom
by Sheldon Charrett, ISBN 087364946X, available in paperback

Acquiring New Id: How to Easily Use the Latest Computer Technology to Drop Out, Start Over, and Get on With Your Life
by Ragnar Benson, ISBN 0873648943, available in paperback

The Modern Identity Changer: How to Create a New Identity for Privacy and Personal Freedom
by Sheldon Charrett, ISBN 087364946X, available in paperback

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Underground Culture

Approaching Zero: The Extraordinary Underworld of Hackers, Phreakers, Virus Writers, and Keyboard Criminals
by Paul Mungo and Bryan Clough, ISBN 0679409386, available in paperback. This book is out-of print, but possibly available through the used bookstore network.

At Large: The Strange Case of the World's Biggest Internet Invasion
by David Freedman and Charles Mann, ISBN 0684824647, available in hardcover

The Cuckoo's Egg: Tracking a Spy Through the Maze of Computer Espionage
by Cliff Stoll, ISBN 0671726889, available in paperback

Cyberpunk: Outlaws and Hackers on the Computer Frontier  
by Katie Halfner and John Markhoff, ISBN 0684818620, available in paperback

The Cyberthief and the Samurai
by Jeff Goodell, ISBN 0440222052, available in paperback

The Fugitive Game: Online With Kevin Mitnick  
by Jonathan Littman, ISBN 0316528692, available in paperback

The Hacker Crackdown: Law and Disorder on the Electronic Frontier
by Bruce Sterling, ISBN 055356370X, available in paperback

Hackers - Heroes of the Computer Revolution
by Steven Levy, ISBN 0385312105, available in paperback, or the older hard to find hardback

Masters of Deception: The Gang That Ruled Cyberspace
by Michele Slatalla, Joshua Quittner, ISBN 0060926945, available in paperback

Out of the Inner Circle: The True Story of a Computer Intruder Capable of Cracking the Nation's Most Secure Computer Systems
by Bill Landreth is Hard to find, harder to find, and very hard to find.

Takedown: The Pursuit and Capture of Kevin Mitnick, America's Most Wanted Computer Outlaw-By the Man Who Did It  
by John Markhoff and Tsutomu Shimomura, ISBN 0786889136, available in paperback

The Watchman: The Twisted Life and Crimes of Serial Hacker Kevin Poulsen
by Jonathan Littman, ISBN , available in hardcover

Where Wizards Stay Up Late: The Origins of the Internet
by Katie Hafner, Matthew Lyon, ISBN 0684832674, available in paperback

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