Akelo wrote:First off, I'm new to hackthissite.org, but I'm lovin' it. Second, I have NEVER looked at hacking/cracking literature seriously (aside from buying a book then letting it gather a nice layer of dust). I haven't broken into any sites, or caused any massive system failures for any system...but hey...I'm still young.
This is a post for the new guys out there, and I still count myself amongst you. I am a self employed web developer. Learned everything I needed from books on html,css, and php, and practiced until I was able to make websites up to par of what people wanted. During that time, had to pickup xml, and of course sql (mysql) to work with database driven websites. I've NEVER tried to break sites, but as soon as I made my account I was thrilled with the basic challenges (and realistic ones) that were thrown at me. I burned through a good number of them with little effort, and on the ones I got stuck on, had a damn good chuckle at the obvious nature of it.
Learn to create something, rather than how to destroy it. That knowledge goes hand in hand with each other. I had to learn about sql injection, xss vulnerabilities, amongst many other issues just from web based programming. I can make some damn nice sites, and now, I'm THINKING in a different way when I try to break them, but I still use the same knowledge base.
When we tell you to learn a programming language, it's not to get you off our backs, it really is essential. Not all languages are the best for different scenarios. There is no magical hacking language that allows one to easily break sites. It's all about learning what you learn, and then thinking with the lights out. I hope this helps, and if anyone wants to chat me up with recommended readings, or hacking sites (although I never practice this illegally...hence the reason I love this site) send me a PM. Just thought I'd throw my two cents, say hey, I'm new here, and then be quiet until I have more technical garble to add to this site.
nosidius wrote:0.0 this is "how to be a hacker" material (in my book at least) and for anyone who takes it seriously (i know at least one person on here does, i saw the symbol) thats a high compliment..........
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