Hakin9 Open - How to become a hacker.pdf

Hakin9 Open - How to become a hacker.pdf

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TEAM Editor-in-Chief
 Joanna Kretowicz 
 [email protected] Editors: Marta Sienicka
 [email protected] Marta Strzelec
 [email protected] Marta Ziemianowicz
 [email protected]

Senior Consultant/Publisher: 
 Paweł Marciniak  CEO: 
 Joanna Kretowicz 
 [email protected]  Marketing Director: 
 Joanna Kretowicz 
 [email protected] DTP 
 Marta Sienicka
 [email protected] Cover Design Hiep Nguyen Duc Publisher 
 Hakin9 Media Sp. z o.o.
 02-676 Warszawa
 ul. Postępu 17D 
 Phone: 1 917 338 3631  www.hakin9.org

All trademarks, trade names, or logos mentioned or used are the property of their respective owners. The techniques described in our articles may only be used in private, local networks. The editors hold no responsibility for misuse of the presented techniques or consequent data loss.

word from the team Dear readers, Due to popular demand we decided to prepare a special issue dedicated to those of you that seek an answer to the ultimate question: “How to become a hacker?”. When you refer that question to Google you get an astonishing number of 360,000 results, each promising to make you a cybersecurity expert. Among those are such beauties as “How To Become a Hacker - EPIC HOW TO“, “How to Become a Hacker: 12 Steps (with Pictures)”, and “How To Become A Hacker In 15 Minutes -- Or In 140 Characters Or Less“. The first is a video, the second’s a WikiHow article, and the third is a Dark Reading post about a cybersecurity awareness campaign from 2010. We thought about it long and hard, and decided to take another route to give you answers - plural, because there is no single correct one. We invited 13 specialists from cyber security and hacking fields to join this project. They answered more than 20 questions about hacking, chosen by us from the dozens we get every day. They presented their opinions and experience. They made lists of their favorite online communities and resources. While reading this issue you will learn what is the best tool for hackers. Is Kali Linux truly the best OS for your hacking career? What about programming? Is it truly that important to have this skill while becoming a hacker? All of that and more, from 13 different points of view, can be found in this issue. Happy Holidays! Hakin9 Magazine’s Editorial Team


ADITYA BALAPURE Senior Application Security Engineer with Grubhub





Penetration Tester

ANTHONY CALDWELL Cyber Security Analyst

CORY MILLER Principal Vulnerability Detection Analyst

KHALED SAKR Information Security Engineer at Security Meter

RAJ CHANDEL Director of Ignite Technologies and the founder of Hackingarticles.in

REX AANTONNY Founder and Chief Executive Officer at Rex Cyber Solutions







TOM MADSEN IT Specialist at United Nations

MIRIAM WIESNER Premier Field Engineer for Security

SHANE RUDY Senior Security Consultant

SULEMAN MALIK Cyber Security Analyst

LOUAY SALEH Information Security Manager


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Python, Perl, Bash scripting, PowerShell, etc. I

Portugal. I’ve traveled to Finland, Estonia, Spain,

improved my knowledge on incident response

and United States (California and Florida). I've been

teams, and the knowledge of security incident

in the IT business for quite some time, about 16

management. I won't write about all my knowledge

years. For the past six years, I’ve been working on

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