Practical Cyber Hacking Skills for Beginners

Video description

Cybersecurity is the protection of computers and networks from information disclosure, theft, or damage to hardware and software, and the disruption or misdirection of the services provided. It is a practice of protecting systems, networks, and programs from digital attacks.

The course begins with an overview of the core key principles of cybersecurity, including access control and the CIA triad. Learn about virtualization and installing the Kali Linux operating system on your computer using a virtual box. Next, we will understand how phishing is used by hackers to collect private information by cloning a website ourselves using the blackeye tool. You will further learn about the key networking principles, including DNS, DHCP, NAT, ports, and protocols, and use the most potent network scanning tool—NMAP.

Next, learn about hashing using PowerShell and hashcat and how to perform brute force attacks. Delve deep into all about websites, web applications, and databases. Explore the OWASP top 10 and use Burp Suite to scan, crawl, and audit websites. Understand social engineering and learn to use Maltego to gather information about a person or company. Finally, understand data management, incident response, and disaster recovery plans.

Upon completion, you will have gathered comprehensive knowledge about cybersecurity to consider building a lucrative career in this field.

What You Will Learn

  • Learn to work with the Kali Linux operating system
  • Learn to use the NMAP network scanner
  • Understand how to create a cloned LinkedIn website
  • Explore hacking and hacking methodologies
  • Develop a strong foundation in networking principles and technologies
  • Learn how to calculate hash values with PowerShell


This course is designed for non-professionals and students with a fundamental knowledge of cyber security. Individuals who want to learn practical techniques to protect privacy online and acquire a deeper understanding of cyber security. This course is not for absolute beginners. You do not need a background in cyber security, though any prior knowledge would be beneficial.

About The Author

Alexander Oni: Alexander Oni is a bestselling instructor with 70,000 students enrolled in his courses. His passion includes teaching through online courses in an entertaining way. Alex has been teaching online for three years and has created over 25 courses with numerous students registered worldwide.

Alex believes we all have one shot at life and should live life to the fullest, constantly stepping out of our comfort zone, visiting places, and trying new things. His success in Udemy has given him financial freedom and the ability to travel and settle anywhere. The author is currently avidly traveling, spending a month in every city and moving to the next. His hobbies include watching movies, sports, and chess.

Table of contents

  1. Chapter 1 : Introduction to the Course
    1. Introduction
  2. Chapter 2 : Cyber Security Principles
    1. Section Preview
    2. The CIA and DAD Triads
    3. Key Principles of Cybersecurity
    4. CWE and CVE
  3. Chapter 3 : Threats and Attacks Revisited
    1. Section Preview
    2. The Bad Guys - Black Hats, Cyber Criminals and Disgruntled Employees
    3. Malware Revisited
    4. Ransomware
    5. Social Engineering
    6. The Hacking Methodology
  4. Chapter 4 : Virtualization and Kali Linux
    1. Section Preview
    2. How to Install Virtual Box
    3. How to Install Kali Linux Updated
    4. Fixing NAT Network Issue
    5. Kali Linux Walkthrough
    6. Linux Commands
    7. Section Review
  5. Chapter 5 : Phishing
    1. Section Preview
    2. BlackEye Update
    3. Creating a LinkedIn Clone Site
    4. Update
    5. Crafting our Phishing Email
    6. Phishing Notes
    7. Section Review
  6. Chapter 6 : Network Security
    1. Section Preview
    2. Home Setup
    3. Introduction to DHCP and DNS
    4. Working with DHCP Commands
    5. Working with DNS Commands
    6. Ports and Protocols
    7. Introduction to NAT
    8. TCP versus UDP
    9. The TCP 3-Way Handshake
    10. Hardening Networks
    11. Windows 10 Firewall Demo
    12. Creating a Sample Outbound Rule
    13. Section Review
  7. Chapter 7 : NMAP - The Ultimate Network Scanner
    1. Section Preview
    2. Installing NMAP
    3. Basics of NMAP
    4. NMAP Port States
    5. Host Discovery Controls
    6. Host Discovery Controls - Part 2
    7. Scanning Techniques
    8. Firewall and IDS Evasion Techniques
    9. NMAP Scripting
    10. Introduction to Zenmap
    11. Section Review
  8. Chapter 8 : Passwords, Hashes and Brute Force Attacks
    1. Section Preview
    2. Hashing
    3. Calculating Hash Values with PowerShell
    4. Introduction to Hashcat
    5. Setting Up Hashcat
    6. Launching a Word List Attack
    7. Launching a Combinator Attack
    8. Launching a Mask Attack
    9. Section Review
  9. Chapter 9 : Websites and Web Security
    1. Section Preview
    2. How a Website Works
    3. HTML, CSS, JavaScript and PHP
    4. Inspecting and Manipulating Website Code
    5. Cookies Revisited
    6. OWASP Top 10
    7. Understanding Databases and SQL
    8. Web Attack - SQL Injection
    9. Web Attack – Cross-Site Scripting
    10. Introduction to Burp Suite
    11. Setting Up Burp Suite with Foxy Proxy
    12. Crawling, Auditing, and Generating Reports with Burp Suite
    13. Section Review
  10. Chapter 10 : Reconnaissance
    1. Section Preview
    2. Target Reconnaissance
    3. Installing Maltego
    4. Gathering Information
    5. Gathering More Information
    6. Building an Attack Strategy
    7. Using Recon-NG
    8. Section Review
  11. Chapter 11 : Cyber Management, Incident Response and Auditing
    1. Section Preview
    2. Preventing Data Leaks
    3. Incident Response Plan
    4. Disaster Recovery Plan
    5. Business Continuity Plan
    6. Cyber Security Auditing
    7. Section Review
  12. Chapter 12 : Conclusion
    1. Conclusion

Product information

  • Title: Practical Cyber Hacking Skills for Beginners
  • Author(s): Alexander Oni
  • Release date: December 2022
  • Publisher(s): Packt Publishing
  • ISBN: 9781837636181