Unfortunately, there is no magical formula to hacking, and there are too many constantly evolving technologies for me to explain every method of finding a bug. Although this chapter won’t make you an elite hacking machine, it should teach you the patterns successful bug hunters follow. This chapter guides you through a basic approach to begin hacking any application. It’s based on my experience interviewing successful hackers, reading blogs, watching videos, and actually hacking.

When you first start hacking, it’s best to define your success based on the knowledge and experience you gain, rather than on the bugs ...

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