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#10172 - 05/03/03 11:05 AM How To Be A Hacker
jonconley Offline
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Registered: 10/08/02
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Loc: Merrill, IA, USA

Many of you will come here asking how to hack into a system, use a trojan, nuke someone etc. There is that type of malicious hacking, which has seemed to unfortunately take a hold of youths recently. I have a challenge for you. Its a different type of hacker. Learn to create. Think of the software you use, and how popular some of it is. You could create something like that. Better yet, you could take those many pieces of software that you have ideas for features, and add those features YOURSELVES. Think of the last person to hack his friend, break into e-mail, deface a website, etc. They maybe got an article on some obscure website about it, or maybe even a nice jail term. Its pointless. The rewards for being a "white hat" are far greater.

Ex. Google for "Kevin Mitnick" (whom was largely a grey hat that had an ability to social engineer) and you will see ~60,000 hits. He is currently in debt and spent a few years in jail. Now look for "Linus Torvalds", a well respected hacker, creator of Linux, a revolutionary, w/o a jail term or debt. He gets ~800,000 hits. Not only will people respect you, but when you actually mature later on, you can look at what you have been doing/learning since day one, and hold a high respect for yourselves.

This is a different type of hacker. The type of hacker that I am no where near... yet. The type of hacker that contributes and creates to a community. Encouraging information insemination, open source alternative, and pushing new possibilities.


To be something, you must first understand what that 'something' is....
How To Be A Hacker | The Cathedral and the Bazaar | What is Open Source?

To become one with it, you must surround yourself with it....
Choose: Linux Distros | DistroWatch or Create: Linux From Scratch | CoreDistro
Understand: HowTo Install | Linux Doc Project | Linux Questions | Rute User Tutorial and Exposition

To find your way, you must choose which path you feel is choosing you.
Create: How To Be A Programmer

To reach enlightenment, you must find the paths by looking within yourself.
Locate it: Google Hacks | Howto Search | Howto Ask


I did this to give people an overview of some choices they may not have been aware of. I only wanted to provide you with enough knowledge to get started and be well prepared on your journey. I will attempt to include more initial paths, as I stumble upon them.I tried to not advocate a single choice/technology. Find something, maybe off the beaten path, and embrace it. The rest is up to you.

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#10173 - 05/03/03 01:43 PM Re: How To Be A Hacker
pergesu Offline
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Registered: 03/14/02
Posts: 1136
Loc: Pimpin the Colorizzle
I can see that this thread will have a lot of replies to it, few helping the point. If you have something you want to add, PM a mod to open this for a short time. Any regular questions should be under new threads in an appropriate section.

#10174 - 05/07/03 09:05 AM Re: How To Be A Hacker
jonconley Offline
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Registered: 10/08/02
Posts: 955
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Reopened hopefully to get some good suggestions and feedback. If you post something stupid or offtopic, I will just delete it and leave you a PM why. Promise.

#10175 - 06/19/03 06:48 PM Re: How To Be A Hacker
Ice Offline
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Registered: 11/29/02
Posts: 1146
Loc: Canada
I think we should make couple os stickies in this section like how to use Telnet
So people wont have to make new posts everytime

what u guys think ?
Good artists copy, great artists


#10176 - 06/20/03 02:10 AM Re: How To Be A Hacker
pergesu Offline
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Registered: 03/14/02
Posts: 1136
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No, make one thread sticky that links to all the common questions

#10177 - 06/25/03 01:27 AM Re: How To Be A Hacker
Cider Offline
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Registered: 06/25/03
Posts: 1
Loc: South africa
Yes I think you should post how to use telnet.......

#10178 - 06/25/03 12:13 PM Re: How To Be A Hacker
sinetific Offline

Registered: 03/02/02
Posts: 815
Loc: Ann Arbor
/me smacks Cider really god damn hard.

if you just look in this same forum you will see at least 3 topics with the word "Telnet" in big bold fucking letters. Geez, I wonder whats in there? No fucking way in hell it's anything to do with how to use telnet.

#10179 - 10/16/03 05:43 AM Re: How To Be A Hacker
curious george Offline
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Registered: 10/16/03
Posts: 7
Loc: USA
i would just like to say thank you to jonconley for poting this. probably one of the most useful threads ive seen in my 2 1/2 hours of membership here. i especially like it because i despise all the little kids that think that they are 1337 just cause they can download a program and send it, or because they can get a trainer and screw with games like diablo. so to all you kids who think you good, learn some C, and make your mark on society
"i wonder what this button does....." - famous last thoughts of a monkey cosmonaut

#10180 - 11/06/03 06:45 AM Re: How To Be A Hacker
J#1A#2Y Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 11/06/03
Posts: 1
Loc: Nj
"ok" im new To Everything I need help If neone wants to Take Time to Help Meh Just gimma a holla Plz i really wanna learn bout Hackin ...
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#10181 - 11/28/03 11:28 PM Re: How To Be A Hacker
Heretical Offline
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Registered: 11/28/03
Posts: 1
Truth be told, I'm not exactly a -expert- hacker, but I get p***** off with all these guys who get a s/n like U$#R and think themselves God on the Net. Seriously. There's more to hacking then stupid slang.

#10182 - 11/29/03 04:47 AM Re: How To Be A Hacker
Gremelin Offline

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Registered: 02/28/02
Posts: 7193
Loc: Portland, OR; USA
Heretical: Agreed...

One thing that you may find of interest is the UGN Security FAQ: Newbie Section. You can find this here . Note that this section is updated by staff when info needed is requested.
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#10183 - 11/29/03 05:05 AM Re: How To Be A Hacker
Ghost Offline

Registered: 06/16/03
Posts: 807
Loc: Wisconsin
Yes the newbie faq is a must. everyone should read it because it is so cool!
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#10184 - 12/11/03 05:03 PM Re: How To Be A Hacker
SG-4 Offline
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Registered: 12/11/03
Posts: 5
Hi - I'm a newbie and I hope this won't get me in trouble.

I've started doing ICT at college, and want to be a hacker - white or grey, or not sure yet.

However, the one thing I'd like to know is - how do I get into my brother's computer? He's got Windows XP, and locked me out when some of my coursework is on there.

Please HELP!!!!

I can open the door, but it is you that has to walk through it...

#10185 - 12/11/03 05:34 PM Re: How To Be A Hacker
LaptopBoy Offline
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Registered: 12/10/03
Posts: 19
Loc: Scotland
You could just ask him if u could get ur coursework off or if he could

#10186 - 12/11/03 06:42 PM Re: How To Be A Hacker
Nagachaak Offline
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Registered: 12/18/02
Posts: 89
Loc: scandinavia
UGN Security FAQ: Newbie Section is an insult to those who actually wants to learn something.

SG-4, read the UGN Security FAQ: newbie section.
or, try reading other stupid posts ppl have posted on this forum to get a point.*sigh*
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