Below are some frequently used abbreviations and acronyms that all hackers should know about. The abbreviations we’re about to take a look at are used by programmers, database administrators, hackers - the technically savvy bunch. So let’s get started and soon you’ll be using these yourself:

Hacking Abbreviations

  • DoS: Denial of Service
  • DDoS: Distributed Denial of Service
  • Dox: Not an acronym, but a slang term meaning: To publicly identify or publish private information about (someone) especially as a form of punishment or revenge
  • FUD: Fully Undetectable. For eg: A FUD virus
  • LEA: Law Enforcement Agency
  • R.A.T: Remote administration tool
  • SE: Social Engineering
  • Skid: Script Kiddie
  • SQLi: SQL Injection
  • XSS: Cross Site Scripting

Networking Abbreviations

  • AP: Access Point (eg: A Wi-Fi router)
  • DNS: Domain Name System (For converting a URL to IP address)
  • LAN: Local Area Network
  • MAC: Media Access Control
  • NAT: Network Address Translation
  • NIC: Network Interface Card
  • HTTP: Hyper Text Transfer Protocol
  • HTTPS: Hyper Text Transfer Protocol Secure
  • SSH: Secure Shell, used to connect to servers remotely
  • FTP: File Transfer Protocol
  • VM: Virtual Machine
  • VPS: Virtual Private Sever
  • VPN: Virtual Private Network
  • WAN: Wide Area Network
  • IP: Internet Protocol
  • ISP: Internet Service Provider
  • TCP: Transmission Control Protocol
  • URL: Uniform Resource Locator/Location

Programming Abbreviations

  • ASCII: American Standard Code for Information Interchange
  • API: Application Programming Interface
  • BIOS: Basic Input Output System
  • CSS: Cascading Style Sheets
  • Nix: Unix based operating system, usually referred tohere when referring to DDoS’in
  • HTML: Hyper Text Markup Language
  • JS: JavaScript
  • XML: eXtensible Markup Language

Computer Hardware Abbreviations

  • CD: Compact Disk
  • CDR: Compact Disk Recorder
  • CDRW: Compact Disk Re-Writer
  • CD-ROM: Compact Disk: Read Only Memory
  • CPU: Central Processing Unit
  • DDR: Double Data Rate
  • DRAM: Dynamic Random Access Memory
  • DVD: Digital Versatile Disc
  • FPS: Frame Per Second
  • FPU: Floating Point Unit
  • HDD: Hard Disk Drive
  • IC: Integrated Circuit
  • OEM: Original Equipment Manufacturer
  • PCI: Peripheral Component Interconnect
  • PSU: Power Supply Unit
  • RAID: Redundant Array of Independent Disks
  • RAM: Random Access Memory
  • ROM: Read Only Memory
  • SSD: Solid State Drive
  • UPS: Uninterruptible Power Supply
  • USB: Universal Serial Bus

Other Abbreviations

  • CLI: Command Line Interface
  • DMCA: Digital Millennium Copyright Act
  • GUI: Graphical User Interface
  • I/O: Input & Output
  • KISS: Keep it simple stupid
  • PDF: Portable Document Format
  • PGP: Pretty Good Privacy
  • OS: Operating System
  • TLD: Top level domain (e.g: .com, .org)
  • RSS: Really simple syndication
  • WYSIWYG - What You See Is What You Get

And there we go, now you too can talk like a hacker. But abbreviations are only half the story. Next up we’re going to take a look at the most common phrases and terms that hackers use.

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