Unpopular Opinion: Reading books or watching video courses on hacking isn’t going to make you a great hacker.
- October 20, 2019 at 7:44 pm #148670
Unless all you want to do is deface your neighbor’s dog’s fan club website, you’re not going to learn much from those resources. None of the infamous hackers started out by reading “Hacking for Dummies” and watching Udemy videos.
You’re better off learning pretty much anything and everything about computers there is. The TCP/IP stack, [common internet protocols](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/EternalBlue), [low-level stuff like memory buffers](http://heartbleed.com/), [high-level implementations](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SQL_injection), [how CPU’s work](https://meltdownattack.com/), [encryption](https://doubleoctopus.com/blog/private-keys-vulnerabilities-to-side-channel-attacks/), programming, reverse engineering, and so much more. However, even your vast knowledge is going to be pointless if you can’t find [creative](https://i.imgur.com/njE3lNB.png) ways to use that knowledge to [exploit](https://cwe.mitre.org/top25/archive/2019/2019_cwe_top25.html) your target system.
If that all sounds difficult, time consuming, and tedious, then well… yeah, it is. There’s a reason why many serious vulnerabilities are found by entire teams of people who do nothing but this stuff all day every day.
Don’t get discouraged, but don’t expect to hack Facebook after you shelled out $80 on 2 video courses showing how to use nmap and wireshark, or else you’ll end up discouraged like [this user](https://www.reddit.com/r/hacking/comments/dkadhe/anyone_else_feeling_that_way/).
(While I like CTF, those are often just elaborate puzzles. Though, there is definitely value in learning and understanding past vulnerabilities, even if one can’t exploit them anymore)
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