A person who is able to discover a weakness in a system and manages to exploit it is called a hacker and this process is known as Hacking.
Hacking is an art. It is the mastery of a system that gives you complete control over it. It is the act of modifying the inner workings of a system, in order to make it do something that it’s original creator never intended.
That’s the gist of it. But as with all things, the devil is in the details. This is what this website is for.
I’m going to make a broad claim here: The only thing you need to become a hacker is interest and dedication. But more than anything else, you need a thirst for knowledge. You should always be willing to learn something new, always open to new ideas. So come with me, follow along these series of tutorials and before long you’ll see for yourself that the claim has been justified.
Before moving on, there’s a couple things that we need to address.
First of all, privacy. Your data is everywhere, a part of you sitting on some servers around the world. Privacy is your right to decide who can use that data and how. The internet as we know it came into being decades ago. At the time, it wasn’t built with privacy in mind. But things have changed now. Not only do we need to protect ourselves against malicious agents but maybe, just maybe, a day may come when we must protect ourselves from those who are meant to be protecting us, our governments. Because of this, hacking no longer means just exploiting or patching up security holes in a system, it is now also a means of protecting a basic human right, the right to privacy.
Secondly, these days the only side of hacking that people hear about is the bad one. Credit card theft, identity theft, ransomware, stolen accounts and data and so on. The mere word hacking brings with it an inherently negative vibe. It doesn’t have to be this way. We hear about millions of accounts being leaked, attacks on major websites, attacks on individuals but we near really hear about all the attacks that never occurred. There is a whole other side to hacking that never quite gets to see the light of day.
For every major hack that makes the news, many more are prevented by security specialists. These people, these whitehat hackers, possess exactly the same skillset as the blackhats, but they choose to use them for good. No software can ever be completely secure and that makes cyber security a cat and mouse game. A race between whitehats and blackhats. A battle of angels and demons, the stakes of which have never been higher than they are today. The global cost of cyber crime is projected to reach $2 trillion by 2019.
The question is- Which side are you on?