8 Great Books for Hackers

Best Books for Hackers

Whether you are afraid of them or you admire them, hackers are such a cool bunch of people for a reason. This is why it is not a big surprise that more and more people are becoming interested in hackers and that mysterious hacker lifestyle.

Here are a few amazing books about hackers that you might want to add to your book collection.

1. Black Software: The Internet & Racial Justice

You don’t often hear about racial justice in technology but it exists. Ask any African American working behind the screen for 50 years and they will surely tell you that. This book is worth the read.

2. The Cuckoo’s Egg

A certified classic, this book is the one responsible for kicking off the subgenre of the best books for hackers. This follows the story of Stoll as he discovers the threat from Hunter, a rogue coder. Stoll figures out how to track the hunter and tries to stop the bad guy.

3. Little Brother

After the DHS questioned Marcus for a crime he didn’t commit, he swears vengeance after his best friend failed to leave the interrogation. With the US transforming into a police state, the 17-year old hacker holding a grudge could be the last straw of hope there is.

4. Alif the Unseen

Information security and love collide as the hacker for hire Alif works to keep his wanted clients shielded from electronic surveillance without getting caught by the lawman who was also the one who stole his woman.

5. Transmission

After getting laid off, Arjun decides that he will show everyone what he got. He lets loose a virus that causes a disturbance all over the world that even went beyond his best expectations. But the problem is that it also affected his sanity.

6. Breaking and Entering: The Extraordinary Story of a Hacker

There are times when hiring a digital threat is the best way to keep yourself protected from them. This is a book that tells the story of Alien, a hacker, during the first days she spent at MIT.

7. Cult of the Dead Cow

For those who don’t know, Beto O’Rourke was actually a hacktivist. The Cult of the Dead Cow is a group of white hat hackers with mostly anonymous operations. Their mission was oppression, misuse of the internet, and battle surveillance.

8. A Geek Girl’s Guide To Murder

This is a thrilling mystery where Mia Connors, an IT specialist, must battle against a Renaissance Faire, a murder, and an information security threat. Will she take the fall for the case or will she solve it?


These are some of the best books for hackers that will give you an idea about this activity and the people who do it. And if hacking isn’t your thing after checking out these books, you can always check out these books about traditional computer programming or the popular web development languages.