If you have passing interest in hacking – or you’re just a fan of Mr. Robot – you may want to direct your web browser to the latest Humble Book Bundle which contains a pile of books that can teach you how to be a hacker.

While the phrase “hacking” conjures up images of shady individuals hunched over the blue glow of a PC as they trawl through your personal information, that is just one side of the hacking world.

The yin to the blackhat hacker’s yang are security specialists, system administrators and even makers who just want their lights to switch on automatically when they arrive home.

For anybody that wants to learn any these aforementioned skills and more, you’re in luck, because you can pay want you want for up to 13 titles from the No Starch Press stable of books.

Paying less than the current average (which changes constantly so make sure you double check before buying) of $14.89 (R211.65) will get you the following titles:

  • Automate the Boring Stuff with Python by Al Sweigart
  • The Linux Command Line by William E. Shotts, Jr.
  • The Smart Girl’s Guide to Privacy: Practical Tips for Staying Safe Online by Violet Blue
  • Hacking the Xbox: An Introduction to Reverse Engineering by Andrew “bunnie” Huang

For those that feel a bit more generous and in a charitable mood paying the average of $14.89 will give you the four titles mentioned above as well as:

  • The Maker’s Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse: Defend Your Base with Simple Circuits, Arduino and Raspberry Pi by Simon Monk
  • Silence on the Wire: A Field Guide to Passive Reconnaissance and Indirect Attacks by Michal Zalewski
  • A Bug Hunter’s Diary: A guided Tour Through the Wilds of Software Security by Tobias Klein
  • Designing BSD Rootkits: An Intorduction to Kernel Hacking by Joseph Kong
  • Bitcoin for the Befuddled by Conrad Barski and Chris Wilmer

The final four books are unlocked when you pay $15 (R213.21) or more and these titles are understandably, the ones we think may be extremely useful for budding hackers:

  • Hacking: The Art of Exploitation 2nd Edition by Jon Erickson
  • Practical Malware Analysis: The Hands-on Guide to Dissecting Malicious Software by Michael Sikorski and Andrew Honig
  • Python Crash Course: A Hands-on, Project-Based Introduction to Programming by Eric Matthes
  • Black Hat Python: Python Programming for Hackers and Pentesters by Justin Seitz

As is the case with Humble Bundle sales, when you reach checkout you can select how the money is split between Humble Bundle, the publisher, No Starch Press, and a charity.

The charity this time around is the Electronic Frontier Foundation. The EFF, as they are known is a non-profit organisation that defends civil liberties online, user privacy, freedom of expression and a host of other admirable causes. The EFF definitely deserve some support and this is a great way to do that, and learn a new skill at the same time.

The books can be downloaded in PDF, ePUB and MOBI formats we’re definitely getting ourselves a bundle. Don’t worry though, we promise to use our newly acquired hacking skills for good.

The Humble Book Bundle: Hacking deal is on until 11th May.

[Source – Humble Bundle] [Image – CC BY/2.0 Scott Schiller]