Wednesday, August 11, 2010

So you want to be a hacker...

Have you ever wondered how hackers and crackers (white hats and black hats) learn their trades? There are probably as many ways to become a hacker as their are hackers. One thing I've noticed is that a number seem to come sciences such as physics and mathematics. Others were inspired when some script kiddy at the school they taught at (and administered the server to) hacked into the school server. Some wanted to get into the school server.

If you'd like to try your hand at becoming a hacker, a fair start is at As the name suggests, is a site with "missions" that teach you ways to hack into a site. The missions range from basic, suitable for students with little or no knowledge of computer security, to steganography, the art of hiding information. They also have a forum section that has discussions on a number of technical issues, including building your own computer. There are forums dedication to the missions, but be sure you've made real effort to solve the puzzle before asking for help.

So what are you waiting for? Head to and become the nations next ├╝ber hacker.