How to Hack Like a Legend
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Step into the shoes of a master hacker as he breaks into an intelligent, highly defensive Windows environment. You’ll be infiltrating the suspicious (fictional) offshoring company G & S Trust and their hostile Microsoft stronghold. While the target is fictional, the corporation’s vulnerabilities are based on real-life weaknesses in today’s advanced Windows defense systems. You’ll experience all the thrills, frustrations, dead-ends, and eureka moments of the mission first-hand, while picking up practical, cutting-edge techniques for evading Microsoft’s best security systems.
The adventure starts with setting up your elite hacking infrastructure complete with a virtual Windows system to test your attacks on. After some thorough passive recon, you’ll craft a sophisticated targeted phishing campaign to steal credentials and gain initial access. Once inside you’ll investigate the security systems, scrape passwords, plant persistent backdoors, and delve deep into areas you don’t belong. Throughout your task you’ll get caught, change tack on a tee, dance around defensive monitoring systems, and disable security tools from the inside. Spark Flow’s clever insights, witty reasoning, and stealth maneuvers teach you to be patient, to persevere, and to adapt your skills at the drop of a hat.
You'll learn how to:
- Harvest hidden domains and locate open ports with Censys, custom Python scripts, and other OSINT tools
- Identify and evade Microsoft security systems like Advanced Threat Analysis, QRadar, Constrained Language mode, and AMSI
- Launch a phishing campaign that eludes security filters by recycling domains, setting domain categories, and testing your email through SpamAssassin
- Scrape passwords without triggering alarms with Mimikatz
- Plant and persist your own custom C# backdoors, disguised as benign company code
- Access private variables and emulate password request dialogs with advanced techniques like reflection and domain replication
Like other titles in the How to Hack series, this book is packed with interesting tricks, ingenious tips, and links to useful resources to give you a fast-paced, hands-on guide to penetrating and bypassing Microsoft security systems.
"How To Hack Like a Legend is a well written, story lead, day in a life of a hacker taking you into his hacking mindset and showing the reader even failure can be turned into a successful hack. This sort of hands-on material is normally only ever gained through experiences in real life. Above all, being able to get all this information down on paper and wrapping it all up with a fictional story really shows Sparc knows what he’s talking about."
"Another great hacker plot by Spark Flow. This is the 7th book in his series on penetration testing, and like the rest it does not disappoint . . . Short, engaging, technical, and really fun."
—LockBoxx: A Hacker's Blog
"A good addition to his series. It covers many more topics to the existing others. This book is available to everyone because all tools and techniques presented are open sources."
"What sets this book apart from other cyber security books is the unique plot it follows . . . The book is written for penetration testers and red teamers, but if you have some knowledge in IT do not hesitate to pick it up. It is a great read and Sparc Flow details step-by-step every line of code and obscure tip to make it understandable by everyone."
—Tech Guide and Reviews