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Press Release: September 10, 2009

Hacking: The Next Generation--New from O'Reilly: Bringing the Attack to Your Network

Sebastopol, CA—With the advent of rich Internet applications, the explosion of social media, and the increased use of powerful cloud computing infrastructures, a new generation of attackers has added cunning new techniques to its arsenal. For anyone involved in defending an application or a network of systems, Hacking: The Next Generation (O'Reilly, US $39.99) is one of the few books to identify a variety of emerging attack vectors.

You'll not only find valuable information on new hacks that attempt to exploit technical flaws, you'll also learn how attackers take advantage of individuals via social networking sites, and abuse vulnerabilities in wireless technologies and cloud infrastructures. Written by seasoned Internet security professionals, this book helps you understand the motives and psychology of hackers behind these attacks, enabling you to better prepare and defend against them.

  • Learn how "inside out" techniques can poke holes into protected networks
  • Understand the new wave of "blended threats" that take advantage of multiple application vulnerabilities to steal corporate data
  • Recognize weaknesses in today's powerful cloud infrastructures and how they can be exploited
  • Prevent attacks against the mobile workforce and their devices containing valuable data
  • Be aware of attacks via social networking sites to obtain confidential information from executives and their assistants
  • Get case studies that show how several layers of vulnerabilities can be used to compromise multinational corporations

Advance Praise:
"The landscape is changing. This book is a MUST read for ALL developers on my Information Security Tools team."
--Mark Curphey, Director, Information Security Tools team, Microsoft

"Be prepared, not scared. This book shows you the threats that you'll be dealing with soon, if you aren't already."
--John Viega, CTO, SaaS Business Unit, McAfee

"The book everyone needs to truly understand the new threat landscape."
--Jeremiah Grossman, Founder & CTO, WhiteHat Security

For a review copy or more information please email Please include your delivery address and contact information.

Nitesh Dhanjani is a well known security researcher, author, and speaker. Dhanjani has been invited to talk at various information security events such as the Black Hat Briefings, RSA, Hack in the Box, Microsoft Blue Hat, and OSCON.

Brett Hardin is a Security Research Lead with McAfee. At McAfee, Brett bridges security and business perspectives to aid upper management in understanding security issues. Before joining McAfee, Brett was a penetration tester for Ernst and Young's Advanced Security Center assessing web application and intranet security for Fortune 500 companies.

Billy Rios is a security engineer for a well known software company based out of Redmond.

Additional Resources:
For more information about the book, including table of contents, index, author bios, and cover graphic, see:

Hacking: The Next Generation
Nitesh Dhanjani, Billy Rios, Brett Hardin
ISBN: 9780596154578, 296 pages,
Book Price: $39.99 USD, £32.99 GBP
Ebook Price: $31.99 USD

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