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Python for Secret Agents - Volume II - Second Edition

By : Steven F. Lott, Steven F. Lott
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Python for Secret Agents - Volume II - Second Edition

By: Steven F. Lott, Steven F. Lott

Overview of this book

Python is easy to learn and extensible programming language that allows any manner of secret agent to work with a variety of data. Agents from beginners to seasoned veterans will benefit from Python's simplicity and sophistication. The standard library provides numerous packages that move beyond simple beginner missions. The Python ecosystem of related packages and libraries supports deep information processing. This book will guide you through the process of upgrading your Python-based toolset for intelligence gathering, analysis, and communication. You'll explore the ways Python is used to analyze web logs to discover the trails of activities that can be found in web and database servers. We'll also look at how we can use Python to discover details of the social network by looking at the data available from social networking websites. Finally, you'll see how to extract history from PDF files, which opens up new sources of data, and you’ll learn about the ways you can gather data using an Arduino-based sensor device.
Table of Contents (12 chapters)
Python for Secret Agents Volume II
About the Author
About the Reviewer

Background briefing: Arduino basics

The history of the Arduino combines art and technology. For more information, visit

More relevant background will come from the Getting Started with Arduino by author Massimo Banzi, which is the standard starter book. Also, most publishers, like Packt Publishing, have dozens of books on Arduino. We won't duplicate any of that material. We will show how data collection and analysis works with customized gadgets.

The Arduino supports the idea of physical computing—computing that interacts with the real world through sensors and actuators. To this end, the Arduino board has a processor, some pins that the processor can sense, and some pins that the processor can control. There's also a small reset button and a USB connector, plus miscellaneous parts like a crystal for the clock and a connector for power that can be used instead of the USB connector.