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Newbie Assignment: Learn This!!!

Posted By: ?

Newbie Assignment: Learn This!!! - 10/29/03 01:39 AM

Ok, since a lot of newbies are asking general questions like always I'm gonna try to make a list of things everybody should know as a foundation to becoming a hacker. jon did a good job of this already, I'm jus gonna try to go into more detail about the basic knowledge you should have. Consider it to be somethin like elementary school. Hacking 101. whatever you wanna call it. I challenge every newbie here to read up on this stuff by themselves and then ask specific question about things if they don't understand. You can use this kinda of like "teach yourself hacking in 4 weeks" take each topic and learn about it for a week, don't wander of the trail to something else. If you do this you could be very well on your way to becoming a hacker in a month. Just use the time you spend playing Counter Strike or whatever it is you are playing and read about some of this [censored].

The 4 Categories:
When I started out I devided everything I have to learn in categories and got information on each one of them. This is the stage where you will learn the most and knowing this stuff is a must.

1. Operating Systems.

Learn the different operating systems out there. These can further be divided into smaller categories. You should at least know your way around in each one of them.

---1.1 Windows/NT: all of you should be familiar with this one. Learn windows and learn NT and how it works and it's strenght and weaknesses. Get a book on NT, even a "dummies guide to" book. Then, after you learn the OS, go into the security acpect a little more. A good document everybody should read is "The NT warcod" by neonsurge and the Rhino9 team.

---1.2 Unix/Linux: There's a lot to learn here. Again, I suggest to get a book to start you of like the dummies guide to linux. The best would be to buy a linux distribution like mandrake which is easy to install and try things out yourself. I think linux is a must for every self respecting hacker.

2. Networking/ TCP/IP: If you want to know how to take over network and hack computers over the internet you must first understand how networks work. TCP/IP is a very big topic, too big for most newbies to learn all at one time. A really good book for this is "TCP/IP Illustrated". Just learn the basic, so you know what you are dealing with. You will add on to your knowledge over time. Some specific topics you should know about include the physical makeup of networks (the hardware), the protocols used to transter data, what packets are, how one computer find another one on the internet, Local area networks, and there are many more. Once you get into it you will figure out what you have to know for yourself.

3. Security Concepts: Now that you know a little about how computers work and how the internet and other networks operate you can dip into the whole security aspects of it. I say security and not hacking because in order to crack a server you must first understand the mechanisms that are put in place to prevent you from doing this. Read books and articles about passwords, firewalls, Intrusion detection systems, etc. A good read for newbies would be "Hacking Exposed". It will show you a lot of vulnerabilities of various systems and how to fix them. This is the point in which you can start going to sites like,, and and start reading about exploits and vulnerabilites.

4. Programming: I don't expect you to learn a programming language rite away but you have to be aware of the main concepts. Learn about some of the different languages and learn how to use compilers and interpreters. It would be optimal if you learn to at least read a programming language so you can begin to understand where all these vulnerabilities come from and how you can use them to your advantage. This is a topic that you can learn for years and once you start programming even spend your life on. Let me tell you one thing though, there is nothing more rewarding then finding that last bug in ur code after hours of work and finally compiling that program you create and seeing it work. It's just something beautiful.

where you go from here is your own choice. Some people will realize that there is too much learning involved and jus forget about this whole thing. But once you get a taste for computers it is very hard to satisfy your thirst for knowledge. Go along my newbie, on your journey to knowledge. May the force be with you, and may be force put a foot up your [censored] for asking questions that you can easily figure out yourselves.


note: I hope that maybe one of the mods can sticky this to reduce the amount of questions and inprove the quality of the board and it's members. thats all for me, peace.
Posted By: pergesu

Re: Newbie Assignment: Learn This!!! - 10/29/03 02:08 AM

Nice dak, very nice. And your wish is granted.
Posted By: AlexNewbiePhreaker/Hacker

Re: Newbie Assignment: Learn This!!! - 12/13/03 02:20 AM

Hello im a newbie as you probably can see and i wonder if you have a beginners hacking guide or manual.
I also need som good web sites for Phreaking tools and such.
Plz reply!!!! smile
Posted By: Ice

Re: Newbie Assignment: Learn This!!! - 12/13/03 02:49 AM

Well, theres tons of sites out there, you can use google to find a lot of them.

Heres couple of good links

The New UGN Archive (doesnt have a lot yet, still underconstruction sorta = ) )

The Old UGN KBase has tons of things you can learn from, it also has couple of hacking manuals in there.

Zone-h has some really good txt files and tutorials on computer security located here:

Packet-Storm also has tons of txts files you can learn from

If your looking for a specific tool, just search it in Google.

This site has some OK tools

Just use google = ) Those links should help you get started
Posted By: acid45

Re: Newbie Assignment: Learn This!!! - 12/20/03 06:17 AM

My assignment status
1 operating systems
1.1 windows - I don't actually know how most of it works but I've used it since "file manager" and have gone through the steps of the "best" and worst of the windows line.
1.2 linux/unix - I have more of a knowledge of how this operating system works MAN. However my experience is very limited, from not knowing where to look to get my kernel to accept my wireless card to having mouse and monitor problems first time I tried
2 Network - I know that the Internet uses TCP/IP protocols to communicate and transfer data, "That's all I'm gona say 'bout that" -FG/TH
3 Security - This is the last on my list to get done. All I THINK I know nothing about it except encryption uses algorithms to make data "unreadable."
4 Programmer - I currently have basic knowledge of VB, C/C++. I don't know anything other than the standard libraries and I don't know all of it. I don't know how to reverse engineer or de-compile software.

Maybe someday I'll be able to help put an "end" to cracking and spamming laugh
Posted By: Sicosis

Re: Newbie Assignment: Learn This!!! - 01/08/04 12:43 AM

I'm a newbie but I've already read the Anarchist Cookbook and I know how to hack.

**Post edited by Infinite**

Warez are not permitted on UGN.
Posted By: Ghost

Re: Newbie Assignment: Learn This!!! - 01/13/04 05:20 AM

pc_phreak: youre breaking the rules. UGN does not promote warez.

edit: thanks infinite
Posted By: §intå×

Re: Newbie Assignment: Learn This!!! - 01/13/04 08:08 AM

What am I choped liver? The RRFN(Required Reading for Newbies) database/search is still up. You can find many helpful links in there.

There many be some dead links, it should help many of you find a starting place.

Oh and for those that need to learn *nix this was added to the RRFN some time ago.

a list of free shell accounts
Posted By: §intå×

Re: Newbie Assignment: Learn This!!! - 01/13/04 08:10 AM

Originally posted by pc_phreak88:
I'm a newbie but I've already read the Anarchist Cookbook and I know how to hack.

**Post edited by Infinite**

Warez are not permitted on UGN.
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That is cute.
Posted By: weeve

Re: Newbie Assignment: Learn This!!! - 01/14/04 02:41 AM

I really think even with reading rrfn, and a alt o/s+minimal coding knowledge one still has newbnessity. Why? Because you must become one with the nirvana, the stream. You must be data, or feel it. Before you are able to actually do things. Some are born with this...this...electronic chi? Magnetic force? I don't know really what it is, but when you have it, you truly do feel things, in a way unexplainable. Of course it's good to know things, But in my days, I've seen people called newbs that knew little to nothing, and did/learned things that people calling them newbs would give a left nut(or nipple) to get at. Were in reality, we perceive, our biggest flaw is not emotion, it is desire, it is our base root. It makes us, us here, and it binds us stuck in place. It is different outside of reality but desire bleeding away, to nothing, gives birth to something not possible otherwise, not probable on this plane.
Posted By: DiseasedCorpse

Re: Newbie Assignment: Learn This!!! - 01/16/04 10:05 AM

interested in just hacking? or want to make something out of it...hacking is fun but learning how and why is better.......sometimes you get paid for it too!!
Posted By: ner0

Re: Newbie Assignment: Learn This!!! - 01/31/04 10:30 PM

I know this aint really on the subject of hacking, but id like to know sites with tutorials for protecting IRC networks/servers from hax0rs who prey on small IRC networks, id like to know how to stop ddos'ing and packet floods etc, please help a n0ob in distress

Peace (ner0)
Posted By: Shinobi

Re: Newbie Assignment: Learn This!!! - 01/31/04 11:55 PM

ner0 this would probably be better as its own topic, but I am assuming you are running your own IRC server and someone keeps DoS'ing your server. The ways to protect that kind of vary depending on what kind of IRCD you are running (bircd, unrealircd) and the websites for these IRCD's should have information on securing them. There are also service bots that are suposed to protect against this. You can try to go to.

Also try searching, and for IRC flood protection.
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