Hacking tips for Beginners

Friday, July 4, 2008

This writing can be regarded as a small tip to become a hacker. Note that the term hacker is misunderstood by different people. A hacker can be a programming hacker, Internet hacker, etc and this writing can be applied to anything. The first and foremost thing in becoming a hacker is choosing the right and interesting problems to solve (This depends on one's interest). The second thing is doing things differently or trying to solve a problem in a different way. This develops the ability to research and increases our curiosity towards a particular thing.

Next is developing skill sets required to become a hacker. This needs time, hard work and dedication. Most of us (including me) are content with just a few high level languages. To gain a firm understanding of "How Computers really work", learning assembly language is a must (If I had known this in my childhood I would have chosen it as the first language!). There is an excellent book which answers the above question (Assembly Language Step by Step: Programming in DOS and Linux by Jeff Duntemann). I think it's a book which should be in every computer programmer's bookshelf. Moreover there are numerous books and documentation available for every software which makes learning new things easier. The third is publishing interesting articles or manuals which may be of interest to other hackers. I feel that doing these things consistently would make one a hacker in his profession.

The below things may be of interest to Network hackers.

If one is new to networking, then a good understanding of sockets is a must to start things.Though there a lot of Network progamming tutorials available in the Web , most of them concentrate on only a single programming language. I've written a Generic Socket programming tutorial in four programming languages namely Python , Perl, C and Java which mainly concentrates on how to communicate with two machines using TCP/IP and UDP/IP protocols irrespective of the programming language used to implement the server and client and also a very simple example of using raw sockets in Perl which will definitely be useful.

The other thing is learning about basic exploits (an introductory article can be found here). There is a wonderful tutorial on the basics of Linux Hackingavailable here. There are many useful references available in the web. Only learning and experimenting things would make one a hacker.

I have listed some Hacking and Security related sites, which may definitely be a good reference.


k3w13r said...

Wow, I really liked your site..especially the socket programming part. All information at one place. I liked the way you have organised everything for knowledge seekers. Great Job!!!

Prasanna Seshadri said...


Thanks for saying so.

Anonymous said...

Other recommended reading for a beginner interested in such?

keyloggers said...

i am keen to learn hacking not for bad purpose but only for security purpose that is white hat hacking.

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