Basic Hacker Methodology – Steps to the Hacking Process

Overview

Many beginners don’t understand that hacking or penetration testing follows a very logical process and when broken down can really clarify tasks and goals. During this write-up I will use a fake company as an example and use very general examples of how each step is completed. Our target will be a fake company called SillyVictim and all we know is that they have a webpage and they have an internal company network. Our goal is infiltrate this company and obtain admin privileges. I’ll be using my metasploitable and Kali VM’s from my previous lesson as examples on how to apply this methodology.

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Building a Hack Lab For Free: Part 1

Overview

A frequently asked question is “How do I practice?”. Well today we’re going to show you how to safely create your own hack lab environment completely free on a Windows machine.  You can do this on a *nix or even OSX, VirtualBox supports any of them and is the only installation required. The best part about having your lab in a VM is that if you have any problems, you and quickly reset your machine to a previous state without compromising your main machine.

Part 2 of this tutorial can be found here.

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How do I start Hacking?

Often times on the /r/howtohack subreddit you’ll find a post that’s similar to “I want to be a hacker, how do I start?”. My problem with a question like this is its so open ended. Its not precise enough, its not focused. One of the most popular “How to be a hacker” posts defines the term as “most having to do with technical adeptness and a delight in solving problems and overcoming limits”. Most people who have this innate problem solving personality would have already scoured the internet but the sheer level of information out there today is mind boggling. Where do you even start?

That’s what I did, I searched until my eyes bled, Googling my way through trash tutorial after another and marveling in how much information there was. For me, the problem was there was too much of it and I had no idea where to begin. I bounced from project to project which gave me no real results. I found my way through formal education and job experience and I hope to relay some of that structure here with the Roadmap.

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