Friday, January 21, 2011

Hacking basics

Concept of hacking:
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Hacking is an act of penetrating computer system to gain knowledge about the sysytem & how it works . The most prominent definition of hacking is the act of gaining access without legal authorization to a computer or computer networks . A hacker first attacks an easy taget , and then uese it to hide his or her traces for launching attacks at more secure sites . The goal of an attack is to gain complete control of the system ( so you can edit , delete , install , or execute any file in any user's directory) , often by gaining access to a "super-user" account . This will allow both maximum access & ability to hide your presence.
Often attacks are based on software bugs that a hacker can use to give himself or herself super-user status . Many system came with the default usernames & password which some buyers neglected to change & hackers are succeeded in guessing them by persistance.

Ethical hacking:

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An ethical hacker possesses the skills , mindset , and tools of a hacker but is also trustworthy . Ethical hackers perform the hacks as security tests for their systems.
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It also known as penetration testing or white-hat hacking involves the same tools , tricks , and techniques that hackers use , but with one major difference:
•  Ethical hacking is legal.
•  Ethical hacking is performed with the target's permission.
•  The intent of ethical hacking is to discover vulnerabilities from a hacker's viewpoint so systems can be better secured.
•  It’s part of an overall information risk management program that allows for ongoing security improvements . Ethical hacking can also ensure that vendor's claims about the security of their products are legitimate.
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The internet is ever growing and you and I truly pebbles in this vast ocean of information . There is a saying that "What you don't know can't hurt you" . But when it comes to internet believe the opposite . On the internet there are millions of computer users logging on & off on a daily basis . While doing this , information is transferred from one point to another in a heartbeat . Amongst those millons there's you . On the internet nothing is quite what it appears to be . The uninformed will get hurt in many ways.
What is hacking?
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In common usage , a hacker is a person who breaks into computers , usually by gaining access to administrative controls or Unauthorized attempts to bypass the security mechanisms of an information system or network.
Hacking actually means breaking down into a computer security for useful purpose . But common poeple think that hacking is crime . Almost all people take it in a wrong way . Hackers were computer geeks who knows almost everything about computers related to both hardware & software . Being a hacker one must have a wide array knowledge about computer , knowing these entire ; then one can be a PROFESSIONAL HACKER.
Who is hacker?
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A hacker is typically a person who is keenly interested in computer technology & computer programming , someone who likes to examine the code  of operating system and other programs to see how they works . A hacker by definition is one who knows almost everything about computer system.
Who is cracker?
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A cracker is a person who outwits the security measures of a networks or a particular computer system to gain unauthorized access . The main goal of a cracker is to obtain information illeaglly from a computer system to use computer resources illeaglly . Nevertheless,the main goal of the majority is to merely break into the system.
Types of hackers:
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Depending on the skill set , Hackers can be categorized as:
1). Script kiddies:
These are computer novices who take advantage of the hacker tools 7 documentation available for free on the internet but don't have any knowledge of what's going behind the scenes . They know just enough to cause you headaches but typically are very sloppy in their actions , leaving all sorts of digital fingerprinting behind . They often need minimal skills to carry out their attacks.
These hackers usually know just enough to cause serious problems . They know about computers & networks , and often use well-known exploits , which are developed by Experts.
These are skilled Hacking Experts . These are the people who develop many of Hacking Tools , including the Scripts and other programs that the Script Kiddies use.
Types of hacking:
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Getting access into a computer system gain to be done with authorization or without authorization . Depending on the conditions , hacking can be categories into the following types:
1) .Black hat hackers:
A black hat hacker , sometime called "cracker" , is someone who breaks computer security without authorization or uses other type of illegal activity.
2). White hat hackers:
A white hat hacker breaks security for non-malicious reasons , for instance testing their own security system . This type of hacker enjoys learning & working with computer system , and consequently gains a deeper understanding of the subject . Such people normally go on to use their hacking skills in legitimate ways , such as becoming Security Consultants.
3). Grey hat hackers:
A grey hat in the hacking community refers to a skilled hackers who sometimes act as illegally , sometimes in good will , and sometimes not.They are a hybrid between white & balck hat hackers . They usually do not hack for personal gain or have malicious intentions , but may or may not occasionally commit crimes.

Hacker VS Cracker
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Features of a hacker:
–  Lots of Knowledge & Experience.
–  Good Guy.
–  Strong Ethics.
–  Never Indulges in Crime.
–  Catches Computer Criminals.
Features of a Cracker

–  Lots of Knowledge & Experience.
–  Bad Guy.
–  Low Ethics.
–  Mostly Indulges in Crime.
–  Is a Computer Criminal himself.

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