A basic guide to some of the skills you might need to start hacking.
There are a range of systems that a hacker can attempt to get into and a range of reasons for doing so.
Hacking as a term is used extremely broadly but generally means exploiting weaknesses in a system to gain access.
Some hackers might be hacktivists, who try to hack into companies or websites to prove a point or to embarrass the victim. Others hack to steal data for financial gain, while a third category of ‘White Hat’ hackers try to expose flaws in the defences of organisations to prevent them from being attacked by a malicious actor.
Whatever the reason, hacking is not a simple process and requires a considerable investment of time and possibly money.
Basic skills to learn include knowledge of programming languages and networking concepts, as well as a good knowledge of Linux.
A strong understanding of typical cyber security measures such as firewalls will be key. There is plenty of online material available to learn these basic skills.
For more determined hackers, eventually this will have to extend to more advanced skills such as scripting.