Chapter 6. Techniques Used by Hackers

Chapter Objectives

After reading this chapter and completing the exercises, you will be able to do the following:

  • Understand the basic methodology used by hackers

  • Be familiar with some of the basic hacking tools

  • Understand the hacking mentality

Introduction

In the preceding five chapters, we have explored computer security and various security breaches. In this chapter we will be exploring the techniques that hackers use to commit computer crimes. Before going any further, it is important to realize that many hackers are not criminals. A hacker is a person who wants to understand a system, often by probing its weaknesses. There are even hackers who work for organizations, testing the organizations’ system ...

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