Becoming a “hacker” can mean many different things to different people, so the resources you need to improve will depend on what type of hacking you want to do. However, here is a general list of resources that can help you become a better hacker:
- Books and tutorials: “Black Hat Python,” “Gray Hat Hacking,” “The Hacker Playbook,” and “The Web Application Hacker’s Handbook” are some popular books on hacking.
- Online courses and certifications: Udemy, Coursera, and edX offer courses on computer security, ethical hacking, and penetration testing. Certifications like CompTIA Security+, Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), and Offensive Security Certified Professional (OSCP) can also help demonstrate your knowledge and skills.
- Hacker communities and forums: Sites like Reddit’s r/hacking, HackForums, and Black Hat World can provide a wealth of information, as well as connect you with like-minded individuals.
- Vulnerability databases: Websites like the National Vulnerability Database (NVD) and the Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) database can keep you up to date on the latest security threats.
- Penetration testing tools: Tools like Metasploit, Nmap, and Wireshark are essential for testing and exploiting vulnerabilities in systems
- Virtual machines and lab environments: Setting up a virtual lab environment can give you a safe space to practice and test your skills.
Web app hacking
- OWASP Top 10 Project: A comprehensive list of the most common web application security risks, along with recommendations for mitigating them.
- Burp Suite: A popular integrated platform for performing security testing of web applications.
- XSS (Cross-Site Scripting) Cheat Sheet: A comprehensive reference for performing and defending against XSS attacks.
- SQL Injection Cheat Sheet: A comprehensive reference for performing and defending against SQL injection attacks.
- The Web Application Hacker’s Handbook: A comprehensive guide to hacking and securing web applications.
- OWASP ZAP: An open-source web application security scanner.
- HackTheBox: A platform for practicing your hacking skills in a controlled and legal environment.
- PortSwigger Web Security…