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Ways an attacker can gain control of your network (home or business).

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Attackers utilize many different types of techniques to gain and take control of various networks for various reasons. In most cases, the target networks are those related to businesses but the techniques that will be discussed in this blog can also be used to attack home networks. Social Engineering is a type of intrusion that is not completely fixable due to the rise in computer/network users. This type of attack is simply completed when someone uses whatever means available/provided to them to obtain the necessary information to attack their targeted network. Password Cracking is an attackers attempt to gain access to your system by trying to guess your password with known dictionary words in various ways hence the Dictionary Attack.

They can also try utilizing all possible characters to get the password which is known as the Brute Force Attack or they can combine the dictionary and brute force attacks to crack your password. To mitigate such attacks one could limit the number of log in attempts, have a strong password, and change it often to name a few. Malicious computer cods or Viruses can damage your system in many ways and are normally attached to an executable file such as an email an infected attachment. These kind of attacks can be annoying, can jam up your server, can cause data loss, and can leave your system susceptible to other attacks from other attackers. A computer Worm is a type of attack that self-replicates and usually can denies services to networks when employed.

The worm attack method does not need to be attached to a file to be spread as it uses the network to send copies of itself to the other computers. One of the main goals of a worm attack is to create a back door on the network it is attacking that would allow the attacker to gain access with ease. Keeping your antivirus software’s up to date, keeping your operating systems and software’s current, and utilizing firewalls when possible are some ways to prevent but not stop viruses/worms. There are many different attack methods/tools/techniques used by attackers to gain access into one’s system. The above is just a very brief overview on some of the attacks that you could or have seen and some ways to mitigate the attacks.

One thing to keep in mind is that noting done or no one tool utilized will outright stop an attack, if someone wants to gain access to your system, chances are they will gain entry.

Hacking Subculture: Part Seven – The Commitment.

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The commitment in learning more about technology and computers in general is needed in order to see what a hacker may find interesting. Furthermore, technology is continuously changing and improving making the time to learn and keep up with it more compound. With that said, hackers need to be committed to these sort of acquisitions of newer technological information. Realizing you will always have something to learn is one reason why the hacking subculture has value in their comment to learn over time all the time. In order to improve one needs to put in the time, if not, they will most likely be labeled as a script kiddie who has a limited skill set.

Simply put, if you are committed you will take the time to learn new and keep up with techniques and technologies to either be a hacker or be one who tries to stop hacking. Either way, you are essentially a hacker so which way will you commit?

This was the last post for this series so I hope you have enjoyed it. Not sure what the next post or series will be about but it will have something to do with technology.

 

Hacking Subculture: Part Six – The different types of hackers.

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There are different titles, so-to-speak that can define a hacker and in this post we will go over a few of them. To start off we can look a the hackers called crackers, these individuals hack with malicious intent and that is pretty much the gist of this one. A script kiddie is one who is sometimes seen as a pestilence on the web who does not have the skill set to explore newer exploits themselves. They are know to use premade scripts and their attacks are often times simple exploits of already well-known vulnerabilities. Many hackers look at a script kiddie as simply unskilled.

white hat hacker is one who is a reformed hacker who follows the strict code of employee loyalty. White hats can also be called ethical hackers who are now working within the computer security arena. Gray hat hackers are kind of like the in between hackers in that they mostly behave in an ethical manner but on occasion will violate an accepted ethic, what ever that may be. The hackers that are called black hat hackers are basically crackers without associating themselves with computer criminals. Black hats tend to only accept network intrusion and other activities like this that are done in conflict with the ethics of hackers.

Lastly for this post, we can look at a somewhat new type of hacker called the hacktivist. The hacktivist use their hacking skills to convey their political messages, what ever they may be. They are in a way the voice of the other types of hackers as they challenge the government, which ever government, regarding the treatment of their peers. A hacktivists goal is usually and mostly politically motivated and separated from the goals of the hacking subculture. There can be much more said about each of these types of hackers however, this is just a brief overview of what each one is/does.

Hacking Subculture: Part Seven – The Commitment.

Part Seven will be the final part to this series so I hope that you have enjoyed what has been presented thus far. Thank you.

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Hacking Subculture: Part Five – Is there a difference between a Computer Criminal and a Hacker?

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In this post we will look at the very fine line that may or may not separate a computer criminal and/or a hacker. Some individuals deny any distinction between the two and some acknowledge the motivations which can be radically different. There are many online activities that are conducted everyday such as communication and information sharing. These activities as well as the illegal ones all fall under the hacking behavior. For this example, the difference between a hacker and computer criminal would be their mind set on how they approach such activity.

In terms of the hacking subculture, certain online actions are accepted (that violate the law) and are in turn labeled as computer hacking by the subculture. On the other hand, the online actions that are not accepted by the subculture are labeled as computer crimes. So, what defines a computer crime that makes all hacking activities equal to criminal behavior is offensive and inaccurate. However, similarly, definitions that deny there is any meaningful criminal action done by the hacker is seen as absurd to law enforcement and is also inaccurate. With that said, what do you think, is there a difference between a computer criminal and a hacker?

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Hacking Subculture: Part Six – The different types of hackers.