Hacker's Handbook to survive in a war (for civilians)

This document is constantly being expanded. If you want to add important points, please write an email to bitmuncher+survivalhandbook@mailbox.org with subject "Addition: Hacker's Handbook for Survival in War". This handbook tries to collect important informations to stay alive in a war situation.

What you should have with you:

  • a foldable very stable knife, not too small, not too big
    • you'll use this knife a lot, so take a very good one
  • a knife with a fixed blade
    • also this knife will be used a lot, so take a good one
  • a small axe
    • the axe should be as massive as possible, the lesser parts it consists of the better, but it shouldn't be too big; an axe that can hang at your belt fits best (look for an axe for camping)
  • different tools like screwdrivers etc., try to get a very good multitool
  • a stable scissor
    • avoid plastic handles, they'll break
  • clothes for different weather conditions
    • most important are clothes for very cold and wet weather
      • use real fur whereever possible because it's long-living, it has relatively low weight and is very warm even in badest conditions
      • have a water-resistant have a waterproof piece of clothing for each part of the body with you, that must fit on the outer layer (even if you wear a lot of fur and other warm clothes under it)
    • ensure all pants have a lot of bags for small stuff
    • use wide pants; it is difficult to wear several layers of tight-fitting pants when it is cold; in addition, the air between loose clothing provides additional thermal protection
    • wear stable boots; you must be able to walk very long ways in them; there may be times when you'll not be able to exchange them for weeks, but if you're not a bodybuilder, don't take a spare pair with you; they're too heavy and will be stolen or lost very soon
  • use camouflage tent covers
    • don't use tents for camping, they are heavy and cannot be used flexible enough, if you use camouflage tent covers you can also use them to hide and cover, they can be used as a cape and for a lot of other tasks
    • your tent should always be open and more a wind breaker and protection against rain/snow than a tent as you know it from camping trips
  • Flintstone, a lighter, small pieces of paper
    • even if the lighter becomes empty you have to been able to make a fire; therefore, you should have flintstone with you
  • an empty notebook and a pen
    • if you need paper for a fire, you can take it from your notebook
    • you may come into situation where people will not understand each other; having the possibility to draw can help for communication
  • ropes and snap hooks
    • you can use them not only to climb, but also to attach tent covers to trees etc.
  • different types of metallic wires (even if your power supply doesn't fit into the power socket of the country you're in, the voltage may be enough to power your device, with wires you can connect the contacts directly)
  • a ruggedized clock that has at least:
    • 20 bar water resistance
    • barometer (to be able to see if weather conditions change)
    • multiple alarms
    • compass
    • the accuracy of the clock should be as good as possible (+/-1min/year fits best)
  • a simple analogue clock that shows day and time
    • a digital clock may fail after an EMP from a nuclear explosion; therefore, you should have a mechanical clock with you; the clock can also be used to determine the direction of the compass with the sun if magnets don't work anymore
  • if your clock doesn't have a magnetic compass, take a separate one with you
    • of course, you can assemble a compass with pretty much any magnet; but you should always have one with you for your orientation
  • chemical water cleaner
    • it is mostly save to drink water directly from the spring; in all other cases you'll have to clean the water in the nature before you can drink it
  • Iodine pills
    • Iodine binds radioactive particles and flushes them out of the body. This helps especially with light radiation.
  • encrypted(!) storage device(s)
    • put all data, toolz, source codes etc. you may need on your escape at an encrypted hard disk; if you have the money or possibility use hardware-side encryption instead of software-encrypted devices; they're lesser error-prone
  • if you're a hacker, ensure your disk stores at least:
    • a complete minimal Linux source code; this allows you to build a Linux OS on nearly every computer; you can get a bundle with a build manual at https://bwd.ff-sec.eu/static/lfs-03.22.tar.gz
    • statically linked nmap and metasploit for the 3 major platforms (Linux, Windows, macOS)
    • a statically linked versions of Python for all 3 major platforms
    • a statically linked C compiler for all 3 major platforms
  • food + water for at least 3-5 days (incl. salt!)
  • sanitary products
  • if you know how to use it, take a CB radio with you; even if the internet fails you may get in contact with people via CB radio
  • take a radio with you that works with medium and long waves
  • have a common mobile with you that is not a smartphone; its batteries last longer and you may get a slow and simple GSM connection even if there is no other (wireless) connection possible
  • a roll of duck tape
    • there will be situations where it will help you to attach things to each other
  • needles
    • you will always be able to find a yarn somewhere, but needles for repairing clothes as well as safety pins should be with you.
  • flashlight
    • take a small flashlight with you, that is using rechargable batteries; but be careful while using it; flashlights can make you a bright target; therefore, you should use them very catious


  • Amphetamine
    • steady low doses of amphetamine can keep you awake for several days if required, but plan longer phases for sleep and rest to avoid health issues,
      • they should only be used if there is no time to sleep because of the circumstances!
  • Coffeine pills
    • they will kick you awake after 15-30 minutes; this helps especially in times where you have very short sleep hours to become fit for the next move
  • Ketamin
    • at a low dose Ketamin can supress muscle pain, but at the same side it limits your hearing and visuals; use the effect for your advantage ;)
  • avoid hallucinogenics but keep in mind that some drugs can help in specific situations

Stay connected and informed (as long as the internet is still working somehow)

  • as long as TV stations and internet are still working, go to https://bwd.ff-sec.eu/ to get news about the current global situation
  • use Twitter to communicate with the world
    • use trending hash tags, like #StopPutinNOW, if you wanna spread informations
  • take a look at USNI News and other news sources about navy movements; as soon as there is more aircraft carrier movement than usual a nuclear war can become more likely

Avoid / bypass combat

  • avoid places where there are many people (cities, train stations etc.)
    • if you don't plan to take a train for your escape, avoid all places where a lot of people meet; they can become targets for attacks
  • only move in small groups
    • the smaller the group the better; but don't move alone; there will be a lot of situations where you need help from 1 or 2 people
  • try to reach a mountain range
    • in caves you can seek shelter; very deep caves even provide protection from nuclear explosions
      • your chance to escape a nuclear explosion in a deep valley or cave of high mountains is better than in every other place except a vault
  • avoid wide roads, they will be used by militaries; always use small paths in forests or go directly trough the wild
  • in the wilderness move at night, in combat areas move at day
    • especially in the early phase of a war attacks against cities will be made mostly at night
    • therefore; try to be in cities at day and in the wild at night
      • don't move in groups at night in cities; seek shelter and if anything has to be done, a single person or max 2 people has to do it

Some points on weapons

  • don't take any weapon with you that you aren't skilled in
    • even if having a gun, a sword etc. with you may give you a feeling of safety, it will not help you in any situation if you're not trained in using the weapon; keep in mind: in worst case you'll always have your knife to fight
    • you'll for sure never have a chance against a soldier with guns, grenades and rockets; AVOID COMBATS as good as you can!
  • if you're skilled in a specific weapon take a good one with you
    • martial artists may be skilled in swords... ensure not to use a sword made of carbon steel; yes, it's more flexible and doesn't break that easy but on the other hand it needs a lot of maintenance to avoid rust; better take one made from stainless steel
  • be aware that any weapon is an additional risks when you get into captivity or in combat situations; a soldier will more likely shoot a man with a sword or a gun than a man without weapons

In a combat situation

  • seek shelter whenever possible!!!
  • if you have to change your position in an urban territory, move person by person; don't move in groups except you've children with you
  • one adult moves with maximum 2 children whenever possible
  • try to be at the corner of buildings; if you have to move through a city, move from corner to corner; avoid staying in the middle of walls
  • never expect buildings being a cover; a single rocket can blow a complete building away
  • stay low: no matter of you're in a city or in wilderness, stay as low as possible and keep your head down
  • keep in mind that cities and villages are usually encircled by troops before they're invaded; if possible, go very wide around cities and villages
  • enter villages and cities only to get a network or phone connection and for power supply if not avoidable; leave them as soon as possible
    • BTW, at best you can get energy for your batteries directly from nearby power plants, they are often in the outskirt of cities

Making Fire

  • if you need fire (for sterilization of metal tools, cooking, ... whatever) make it in a deep hole to avoid that it can be seen far away
  • use dry burning material if possible to avoid heavy smoke

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