The book, titled How to Become the World’s No. 1 Hacker, is said to be written by Gregory D. Evans, a former felon who later became the CEO of Ligatt Security International.
The book provides a step-by-step guide to securing networks from a variety of attack venues. The book covers Wi-Fi hacking, Unix security and configuration of web services.
However, vast portions of the book, published by Cyber Crime Media publishing house, appear to have been plagiarized. The majority of chapter 12 is, in fact, identical to a previously published tutorial by Armando Romeo published on hackerscenter.com in 2008. Portions of chapter 9 were also taken from another manual published on ethicalhacker.net.
According to an analysis by Ben Rothke, a senior security consultant, at least 13 of the chapters in the book are plagiarized and contain no attribution. Rothke used iThenticate, which is often used by teachers to catch plagiarism.
“Mr. Evans has never asked any permission from me and I’m the only owner of the copyrights of my website,” said Romeo, CEO of eLearnSecurity. “[Five chapters] have been literally copied and pasted from my guides.”