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Learn Real Hacking Playing Games

After ‘Mr.Robot’ the perfect hacking TV serial, now a perfect hacking game with “real hacking” Hacknet

Don’t actually want to hack but at the same time interested in hacking? Well, now there are hacking games for that uncertain feeling. Hacknet is the latest, and it has a lot of stimulating promises and not least that you will be doing “real hacking”. This fundamentally means that Hacknet uses terminal and genuine UNIX commands and would not appear like the type of hacking usually carried out in hip 1990 films by neon-haired teenagers.

Developed by Team Fractal Alligator, an Australian one-man studio, Hacknet is “an immersive, terminal-based hacking simulator for PC.”

Here’s the official promotional trivial:

Dive down a rabbit hoIe as you follow the instructions of a recently deceased hacker, whose death may not have been the accident the media reports. Using old school command prompts and real hacking processes, you’ll solve the mystery with minimal hand-holding and a rich world full of secrets to explore.
Bit, a hacker responsible for creating the most invasive security system on the planet, is dead. When he fails to reconnect to his system for 14 days, his failsafe kicks in, sending instructions in automated emails to a lone user. As that user, it’s up to you to unravel the mystery and ensure that Hacknet-OS doesn’t fall into the wrong hands.
Exploring the volatile nature of personal privacy, the prevalence of corporate greed, and the hidden powers of hackers on the internet, Hacknet delivers a true hacking simulation, while offering a support system that allows total beginners get a grasp of the real-world applications and commands found throughout the game.

Hacknet releases on the Humble Store and Steam on August 12. For those who are not familiar with hacking or the hacking game genre, this promises to be helpful and might even end up learning something.

Check out the trailer in video form, which makes it look more worthy than just a cursory glance:


Want to Become a Hacker, Start your Hacking Career Today


Realize that learning hacking can be a slow and a tedious process. You’ll achieve your goal if you enjoy the process of experimenting and by embracing the frustrations you face when things don’t work, and when you suddenly get curious about an infrastructure.
Step 1. Install Kali linux. (I liked it when they called this backtrack. 😦 )
Rebirth of BackTrack, the Penetration Testing Distribution. Set this as your wallpaper till you don’t get a firm grip on basic commands.

kali linux commands



Step 2. Start learning programming side by side. Also, set aside a specific time for working on networking and hacking everyday.

Step 3. Learn about network infrastructures, cryptography and how things are built. The last one is really important, if you are to invade a building, it is very helpful to have a blueprint and knowledge of how it was built in order to start the invasion. Learn about routers and firewalls.

Step 4. Don’t read, do! 

Step 5. Learn common exploits, basic stuff used for wireless cracking WPA/WPA 2 airsniff, aircrack-ng. SQL-Injection, decryption techniques, brute force etc. When you read about them, do them. Make a lock, and break it. Doing is extremely important.

I write this from my experience. When I was in 4th grade, I was crazy about computer networks. In 6th grade we had a hacking competition (not a hackathon) in school, where we had to hack the school server and get access to encrypted data (using a server client which had limited privileges). In my house, I had about 5 computers in a room, a CAT 5 cable and some free time with me.

There were no 6th graders in the competition and I had to get special permission. So 9th and 10th grade kids were all up for the competition and everybody had a weird look when I walked in. Some even started laughing, that I’d try my hand at hacking. I hacked the server within 15 minutes and bagged the prize. They had about 6 hours and none of them could do it.

Also, no amount of courses or books can teach you how to hack. Just like you don’t learn driving by reading books, you need to learn hacking by doing it. Have a server set up, and try to hack it. Others have already mentioned it, but please don’t be the next Ankit Fadia.

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