Seems like most "hackers" just use pre-made tools they don't even necessarily understand nowadays. I've been wanting to get more into security (network and OS for starters), cryptography, etc, and I am much happier making things myself. Is it still viable, though? I mean, would I be able to get things done in a timely manner, or would it be comparable to still using assembly for gamedev in the vidya dev industry?
Start playing around with Kali-linux and learn from the tools in it.
And I make my own scripts when im doing something specific, but I mostly use the tools in kali + various other tools
I just installed it last week. I'll look at the man pages. For kali linux, what are some good places for literature and turorials and none of that "crack somebodys facebook password" crap that doesnt really work?
Is it already time for the daily pretend hacker roleplaying thread?
I get to be ZeroCool today, though. You faggots promised.
I don't even get what the practical applications of pentesting are. Unless you're doing it for your own network or were hired by a company to test their networks. Otherwise you just risk the change of getting caught doing something stupid and get ass raped in prison.
Yes the tools work but to prevent a backtrace you must use Fedora with GNOME. Also get KDE, it's a useful software suite that will disguise your hacker computer as normal Windows XP.
Kali is a set of tools that are useful for people as a giant toolset.
If you don't have a few tools in mind that you use that come included with Kali, it will probably confuse you too much.
If you want to get started and are a total noob, download winxp and then go ahead get familiar with nmap, metasploit, and another tool of your choice that will help you accomplish your goal of being a 1337 h@0xR
I might also add, once you really get into infosec you can really make heads turn if you can read/program x86_64 assembly, or any assembly in general.
I suggest anyone who is interested in being a "hacker" at least be familiar with linux enough to take on a sysadmin job and be super serious about it. Information security is more about defense than attack development. Plus, if you want to develop an attack, you should know the defenses well enough to be able to circumvent them.
Yes, most crackers are script kiddies. However, no one respects a skiddie because they don't know what they're doing and they're limited to the tools that other people have made. They're likely to get caught because they don't know how to hide their tracks, nor do they know how to do a surgical attack on a target that leaves the victim unaware they've been hacked vs. ass fucking everything such that the sysadmin on call is aware they've been compromised before the hack is even over.
The guys discovering new exploits are the real hackers, and for that you do need to have a very deep and broad understanding of things like networking, OS theory, system architecture, assembly, C, etc.
That's the exact opposite of everything I've heard. The usual story is "there are many times more qualified pentesters than there are jobs".
You aren't going to know how it works if all you're using are pre-made tools.
That is the only point of pentesting, which is why it's called pentesting.
How to get started on the right track, though? I guess networking would be the one thing I'm lacking the most, but I'm not sure where to start looking in terms of staying hidden, etc
>Not black background with green text.
Do you even Matrix?
Those "hackers" are just script kiddies, they are entirely separate from crackers, and both crackers AND script kiddies are separate from hackers, who are comprised of anyone who follows the hacker ethic, (i.e., engineers, computer science researchers, some programmers, non-Windows system administrators, security professionals, and others)
>in elementary school
>make dos disk at home, bring it to school
>have color 0c or whatever makes the display green on black in autoexec.bat
>shit scrolls across the screen, other kids think I'm hacking
The fucking green on black makes it so convincing to stupid people.
Hackers are a culture that started in the incubator of MIT Building 26, with Peter Samson and the other TMRC signals crew getting access to the TX-0 and later the PDP-1.
That experiment was soon replicated at other universities, notably Stanford's SAIL. With the advent of the Apple home computer, Hacker culture was confronted with the problems of greater society, leaving the Edenic conclaves, losing it's innocence.
Separated, the culture spread and evolved through the BBS systems/community and the ARPANET/academia.
... There's more to the story, but that's all I feel like typing now.