Hi guys. What’s up? All is well I assume. OK, So today’s article is on a much awaited topic. As promised I am going to give you a detailed note on ETHICAL HACKING. Yes guys, you heard it right. These coming few days I am going to tell you the whole nine yards about ethical hacking.The hacking tutorial will be divided into a number of articles as it is not possible to cover everything under one article.
Are you interested in becoming a professional certified Ethical Hacker? Do you want to learn the latest tools, techniques and methods related to Ethical Hacking? If yes is your answer, then you are at the right place. Today’s article is just one segment of this very wide topic. Every bit will be covered under this tutorial so keep following.
NOTE: This is a tutorial. It will enhance your theoretical knowledge and help you apply it practically. If you really want to know every inch about hacking, you have to be a little patient and cooperative. You cannot miraculously become a hacker. It takes time to understand things and get involved in them. Just go through this article with full concentration. It will definitely help you.
This article is just an Introduction to Ethical Hacking. It’ll cover up the following topics-
- What is Hacking
- Defining a Hacker
- The various difference between Hackers & Crackers
- Understanding the Need to Hack Your Own Systems
- Hackers mindset
What is Hacking
The jargon file contains a bunch of definitions of the term ‘hacking’, most having to do with technical adeptness and a delight in solving problems and overcoming limits. If you want to know how to become a hacker, though, only two are really relevant.
Hacking is a process to bypass the security mechanisms of an information system or network. In common usage, hacker is a generic term for a computer criminal, often with a specific specialty in computer intrusion. While other definitions peculiar to the computer enthusiast community exist, they are rarely used in mainstream context or Hacking is an unauthorized use of computer and network resources. (The term “hacker” originally meant a very gifted programmer. In recent years though, with easier access to multiple systems, it now has negative implications.)
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In layman’s language Hacking is nothing but illegally breaking into something which you are not meant to access and stealing its secured components.
Defining a HACKER!
Who is a Hacker? Basically a hacker is a person who implements hacking. To give a more specific and scientific definition, a hacker is someone who likes to tinker with software or electronic systems. Hackers enjoy exploring and learning how computer systems operate.
Recently, hacker has taken on a new meaning — someone who maliciously breaks into systems for personal gains. Technically, these criminals are crackers (criminal hackers).
The basic difference between Hackers & Crackers is: Hackers build things, crackers break them.
Hackers break into (crack) systems with malicious intent. They are out for personal gain: fame, profit, and even revenge. They modify, delete, and steal critical information, often making other people miserable. The good-guy (white-hat) hackers don’t like being in the same category as the bad-guy (blackhat) hackers. (These terms come from Western movies where the good guys wore white cowboy hats and the bad guys wore black cowboy hats). Whatever the case, most people give hacker a negative connotation. Many malicious hackers claim that they don’t cause damage but instead are altruistically helping others. Yeah, right. Many malicious hackers are electronic thieves.
Hackers (or bad guys) try to compromise computers while Ethical hackers (or good guys) protect computers against illicit entry.
Understanding the Need to Hack Your Own Systems:-
To catch a thief, think like a thief. That’s the basis for ethical hacking. The law of averages works against security. With the increased numbers and expanding knowledge of hackers combined with the growing number of system vulnerabilities and other unknowns, the time will come when all computer systems are hacked or compromised in some way. Protecting your systems from the bad guys — and not just the generic vulnerabilities that everyone knows about is the need of the hour and is absolutely critical.
When you know hacker tricks, you can understand how vulnerable your systems are. Hacking preys on weak security practices and undisclosed vulnerabilities. As hackers expand their knowledge, so should ethical hackers.
The hacker mind-set is not confined to this software-hacker culture. There are people who apply the hacker attitude to other things, like electronics or music — actually, you can find it at the highest levels of any science or art. software hackers recognize these kindred spirits elsewhere and may call them ‘hackers’ too — and some claim that the hacker nature is really independent of the particular medium the hacker works in. but in the rest of this document we will focus on the skills and attitudes of software hackers, and the traditions of the shared culture that originated the term ‘hacker’.
There is another group of people who loudly call themselves hackers, but arent. these are people (mainly adolescent males) who get a kick out of breaking into computers and phreaking the phone system. real hackers call these people ‘crackers’ and want nothing to do with them. real hackers mostly think crackers are lazy, irresponsible, and not very bright, and object that being able to break security doesnt make you a hacker any more than being able to hotwire cars makes you an automotive engineer. unfortunately, many journalists and writers have been fooled into using the word ‘hacker’ to describe crackers this irritates real hackers no end.
DISCLAIMER: This article is only for educational purpose. We do not support or promote hacking in any sense.