Top 5 Websites To Learn How To Hack Like A Pro

hacker   Top 5 Websites To Learn How To Hack Like A ProYou might be surprised to learn just how many people want to learn how to hack. The stereotype is that of the young college guy – a computer science major for sure – who spends his evenings and weekends writing up intricate hacking scripts to break into whatever computer system he can get his hands on.

The truth is that what was once a male-dominated community is fast changing into one that includes folks – men and women – from many walks of life, from many countries and with many backgrounds. A recent CNET article about DEFCON makes note of the fact that claims of sexual harassment and unwanted advances are increasing. This isn’t because hackers are getting more obnoxious or offensive, but because more female hackers are entering into the community and trying to find a home there, only to find insulting behavior, and other actions unbecoming of a gentleman.

This is the natural evolution of such communities, and in time the scales will balance and men and women will hack side by side – but when searching for places to go online to learn how to hack, it’s important to remember that because demographics and the world itself is changing, what you’ll find at most of the hacker websites are also changing significantly as well. Platforms in use are shifting from computer-based to more mobile and tablet hacking efforts, there’s much greater emphasis on social networks and the many hacks that are possible there, and all of the other new technologies and hacker tools available. The sites that keep up with these changing times will survive, while those that are stuck in the decades-old mentality of hackerdom-gone-by are doomed to fail.

Where You Can Go To Learn How To Hack Like a Pro

There’s a caveat that I have to share before diving into these sites. Hacking isn’t a single subject that anyone can pick up overnight. In the title of this article, I mention hacking like a pro. This can not be accomplished after reading one article and visiting a few of these sites – the phrase is used to imply that in time and with lots of practice, you can in fact learn to hack like a pro.

For our many readers that are already at that expert-hacker level, a few of these sites may not be for you. They may feel to simple and basic – for “script-kiddies” as some might say. The truth is, we all had to start somewhere, and these websites are offered as a starting point for those people just embarking down the wrote toward hackerdom.

Your intention for learning how to hack is completely your own. I do not judge. However, it should be noted that there are two forms of hacking – “white hat” and “black hat”. ¬†White hat hackers call themselves “ethical hackers”, in that they find vulnerabilities simply to make systems and applications more secure for everyone. However, there’s a whole other community of hackers – the black hats – who find vulnerabilities only to exploit them as much as possible. Now that you know what sort of community you may be entering, let’s get on with the list of top sites where you can learn to hack.

#1 – Hacking Tutorial: Tech Tips and Hacking Tricks

Sometimes, perfect English isn’t everything.¬†Hacking Tutorial is an example of when the writing skill of the author doesn’t necessarily equate to the quality of his or her technical knowledge. This is actually the case over at Hacking Tutorial, where the author offers articles like “Client Side Attack Using Adobe PDF Escape EXE Social Engineering”, “Exploiting MS11_003 Internet Explorer Vulnerability”, and “Hacking Using BeeF XSS Framework”.

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The articles are usually short, but actually offer highly technical, step-by-step instructions on how to do the task at hand, and the tricks and tweets absolutely work, unless the exploit has been patched. ¬†It’s a small blog, but it’s a good one for the volume of technical tricks that you’ll find there.

#2 – EvilZone Hacking Forums

While the name, EvilZone, isn’t exactly the most inviting – it is easily one of the largest forum communities that you’ll find on the subject of hacking. With over 13,042 members and over 50,000 posts (and counting), this community likely has the skills and knowledge to answer any programming question you could possibly have. Just be careful about coming across as a “noob” – these guys don’t handle newcomers with kid gloves, so be careful.

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You’d definitely be best off working through the programming and encyclopedia sections first, where you’ll find areas with projects, tutorials and a lot more that will help you become educated and well-versed in hacking techniques and terminology.

#3 – Hack a Day

While I certainly don’t want to offer a nod to any blogs that may be considered competition, you really have to give credit where credit is due when it comes to a particular niche like hacking – and Hack a Day definitely offers an amazing library of information for anyone looking for specific categories like cellphones, GPS or digital cameras. Over the years, Hack A Day has transformed the site into a fairly popular blog.

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More than any other site, this particular “hacking” site is very much hardware based, and they redefine the meaning of the word hacking by helping you learn how to hack up electronic devices like a Gameboy or a digital camera and completely modifying it, or building electronics for the sole purpose of hacking other commercial devices. You’ll also find a popular and busy forum section as well – a high point of the site.

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While I personally don’t find the articles themselves very detailed (as an EE, I like schematics and elaborate descriptions), the site makes up for it with video demonstrations throughout.

#4 – Hack In The Box

Hack In The Box has really change significantly through the years. It is rebranded as HITB, and the site is completely transformed into what looks like a WordPressed-based platform. Still, today Hack In The Box remains focused on security and ethical hacking. However, it has obviously shifted gears at some point and changed to a more content-focused approach with a greater volume of news, and fewer in-depth articles with detailed hacks.

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This transition makes it less of a place to go for actually technical hacking tips, and more of a daily spot to get your latest fix of hacking news. The site is updated frequently, and of course you can also go for the print version of the HITB-branded magazine if you want.

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Clearly, HITB has gone very commercialized, but it is a great resource for news for anyone interested in the latest gossip throughout the hacking community.

#5 – Hack This Site!

As always, saving the best for last – I’d like to introduce Hack This Site! This website is one of the coolest, free programmer training sites where you can learn how to hack accepting one of the challenges along the left navigation pane of the main page.

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The site designers offer various “missions,” where you need to figure out the vulnerability of a site and then attempt to use your new-found hacking skills (you’ve carefully studied all of the articles on the site, right?) to hack the web page. Missions include Basic, Realistic, Application, Programming and many others.

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If you’re able to figure out how to properly hack any of the most difficult missions on this site, then you’ve definitely earned the title of professional hacker.

Have you ever tried any of the tips offered at any of these websites and do they work? Do you have any good resources of your own for readers to learn how to hack like the pros? Share your insight in the comments section below.

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47 Comments -

blueintegeral

Uh, dude, no offense but this all shows how to become a script kiddie. Look up the hacker manifesto. It’s not about breaking stuff and stealing. It’s about the process of taking apart existing code, finding a problem, and then writing a vulnerability. There are tools out there that are designed to be used by security professionals to speed up the process of finding an exploit, but you need zero skill to use them. I have used hackthissite before, and I can tell you that once you have passed the hard missions, you are by no means a professional hacker. Yeah, its good for learning the basics, but being a professional hacker takes a LOT more knowledge.

If you really want to get good at hacking (for a white hat purpose) then listen to security talks, learn several programming languages, set up a test lab at your house to practice on, etc. It takes an immense amount of time and learning to get there. If you show up on one of the forums in the article and beg to be taught how to hack, you will be laughed at.

When learning all of this stuff, keep in mind that there are a large number of organizations looking for you. For instance, if you decide to try something you learned on, say, your high school or work network, you will be caught very very quickly. For every hacking tool, there is a tool designed to catch it being used.

Viralnexxus

I agree, these sites and variants like them might help those who are determined to really want to learn, but for every 1 there are 100 more who think that by downloading retina or some other hacking tool they are hackers. Pfft….

MilDocJr

You have a point, yes these sites are not going to make you a professional hacker, however for the cost for some of them ahem, FREE, you can’t really complain. (as always you get what you pay for) For all those interested in becoming a pro hacker, and not some crap script kiddy I suggest you invest some $$ in courses. CISSP and CEH are a few noteworthy certifications, each is going to run you about $1,500 – $6,000, but it also lands you a nice chair in a job that pays right around $100,000+ a year. And if you continue learning you get the title of Elite, so what’s to lose unless you do it for the wrong reasons.

Pink Leopard Sunglasses

Isn’t that something!

Nick

Thanks for the great links! I bookmarked them all, they might come handy someday.

Ben

How about astalavista.com?

PaperdudeX

Dude this was totally awesome, I signed up at CyberXtreme today and they were all so helpfull with all of my questions and helped me a lot !

Albert

Do you think this article is in the best interest of Makeuseof? Does this article represent what Makeuseof is about? I don’t think this type of article is at all appropriate! If you disagree, that’s fine, but if hackers ever take down this site, you have lost the moral and ethical “high ground” to complain about it. And if the domain ever gets stolen, AGAIN… I DO NOT want to hear Aibek crying about it!

Mark O'Neill

We realise that hacking is overall in a kind of grey area but as Ryan points out, there are good ethical hackers and there’s also the bad side. But isn’t that like everything in life?

Everything has a bad side to it and Ryan has been extremely careful not to go there and not to endorse the bad aspects of hacking. There are quite a lot of good ethical hackers out there who just want to find weaknesses and holes to improve the security of a site. We shouldn’t forget about them and only focus on the bad apples.

Jackson Chung

Like everything else, this is a learning resource. MakeUseOf is impartial when it comes to spreading information.

JBu92

… AAAAAAAAAND now all these sites are gonna be flooded with script kiddies and kiddie wannabes. thanks MUO, thanks a ton

Alyssa Myers

It’s too late for that. They’re already there. And now they’re looking for your WordPress blog. LOL

aeriose

don’t forget where you came from or think you’re too good to tolerate someone whose trying to learn.

Karma may not exist but unless you’re omniscient you may want to be helpful in the places you can so you don’t seem like a hypocrite when it comes to asking for information yourself.

Hackerzguide

I think that is pathetic, Too many of these script kiddies thinking downloading a “Hacking” application and “hacking” a website, Yet it is evident that will not occur, They can call themselves hackers and destroy the entire system of actual “hackerz” whom do as _Blue_ had stated about what hacking is, Somebody should create a website where they can play around in their little sand box’s and their minds filling with joy as one of them posted a new comment ” Oh wait, this is the REAL website hacker”, 2 days later everyone calmed down and another kiddie came along “Thats crap, THIS IS THE REAL WEBSITE HACKER” Honestly eh ?

Ryan Dube

Everyone starts their learning process somewhere… No one is born with it.

Rob

Yes. Spooo true Ryan.. Along with a process of harnessing the great power we have to be responsible for..

Just because you know how to handle fire.. You will still get burnt..

moin

good post dude, of course as always.

Ilovethis

Totally awesome site friend ! I joined CyberXtreme Elite today for 10 USD and got 200 bucks back from the hacked credit card’s they are sharing in Elites ;D

perfect

Very useful this is, thanks a lot! Especially this hackthissite.org website is very interesting.

George

CyberXtreme is such a good site, the guys there are so helpful, and i purchased the Elite membership and they are even more helpful. i have been here two days and i am learning so much in such a short amount of time, its crazy!

i definately recommend them

Mat

I would be nice to learn how to crack programs.

George

come to cyberxtreme they have all that stuff! and they are so helpful to me!

Shmoky

Im administrator on cyberxtreme.info I wasn’t always but i learned so fast that the maker of the site made me administrator so if you relay want to learn to hack crack and program join the site.

Viralnexxus

Nice tips guys! I love cyberxtreme now.

Viralnexxus

*Sigh* I finished all of those “hacking missions” like 5 years ago and I am still not a “professional hacker.” Hacking is a state of mind and not a school that you graduate from. Even the best hackers out there will say that there is always more to learn. I usually like most of the tips and bits of information on this site, but this my friend, is just rubbish! Those “hacking tools” contain trojans out the yin-yang and I can’t wait to hear all of the poser, packet-monkey losers come crying when their puter gets rooted! HA!

Viralnexxus

-hazard74
Yeah, Milw0rm.com is an excellent site on exploits, but I haven’t been to Hackforum.net in a while. If there are any hackers in the state of Indiana, you might be interested to know a really cool hacker name Adrian Crenshaw. He hosts and is involved with several events in Indiana. You can find swing by his website and find out more at: irongeek.com
Go Hoosiers!!! :P

hazard74

hooo….
Thx Man!!

Jshm2

You’ve got to be kidding… those sites are for 12-15 year olds who want to look cool. There is and only will be one place to really learn and tool up and thats astalavista.com

Viralnexxus

I think the key to the ultimate hacking site is sorting out all the good stuff from each of these sites. :/

joe

There once was a kid named matt. Graduated from High school with a free ride scholarship to MIT because of his brilliant computer skills. During his first month at MIT, he hacked into his private high school and had his entire tuition reimbersed to his mother. Busted and expelled from MIT within 6 weeks, he moved to Arizona to live with Grandma. He got a job offer before he was even out of the airport working for American Express for 100k a year monitoring a program he wrote for them in High School. Amex later sold the rights to the program and Matt went with it for over a million dollars. Today Matt sits in the Federal Pen for drug smuggling.

I personally use and favor astalavista.com and have been going there for years. While the site looks scaled back recently, when building networks, I still call them to find out what the best protection is for the application. Who is better to ask advice from to protect the bank vault….the rent a cop that has worked at every bank in town or the mastermind who breaks into every new safe as it hits the market.?

Harry Barracuda

Great, let’s get more “dudes” becoming “hackers”.

Duh!

Rob

Thanks for the great links, Ryan. There are two more I recommend: http://www.milw0rm.com and http://www.ethicalhacker.net.

To Viralnexxus: True, some hacking tools are indeed filled with malware, but the best tools out there (Netcat, NMap, IDAFree) can be downloaded directly from the creators’ websites with no problems. And, if you’re really worried, run them in Sandboxie (www.sandboxie.com) to protect yourself and your machine. If anything goes amiss, dump the sandbox. Problem solved.

Also, be careful on milw0rm. Keep NoScript on, particularly when viewing code for browser vulnerabilities.

To Mat: If you want to learn to crack programs, you need to learn Assembly. Look online for the Art of Assembly; it’s a free manual on how to use IDAFree and code in Assembly language.

People who want to be true hackers–who want to take what’s there and hack it to make it even better or more secure–will learn a great deal from these sites. Script kiddies will only end up hurting themselves in the long run, as they learn nothing.

I hope this helps, everyone!
Take care,
Rob

Viralnexxus

@ Rob
Thanks a bunch for the heads up and advice on sandboxie.com.

kanna

this is bull shi

Numbskull

As has been said many times, “you hack to learn – you don’t ‘learn to hack.'”

Rob

Heh…nicely said, Numbskull. And very true.

Anonymus

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Website by Rahul Tyagi(Cyber Security Expert)

Rahul Tyagi

Thx but its not in my mother tounge he he i designed this site for global professional hackers and if you like it then reallyy thanks for visiting please register maximum users you can please

bundyxc

I grew up on HTS. I was in elementary school, and didn’t really understand WHY things worked, but it’s an invaluable resource for learning hacking/cracking/etc.

Blue_Maya

nice one.help for newcomers.

Ruled_by_Logic

I just found this page and reviewed some of the comments… First thing I want to say, is I am not sure if I am a hacker or not, I just like to learn about coding, networking, whatever catches my fancy at that moment; I started working in the IT field at age 16, after getting caught by the admins of high school for using some canned tools… they made me clean my mess, and offered me a job after graduation part time while I attended college… I saw some comments about script kiddies earlier, and I think at some point we all started out that way… but eventually we wanted to know more, and grew past that phase…at least I did…I think those sites mentioned are awesome because they are doing exactly what the Internet was meant for, the sharing of ideas and information… and I say kudos to everyone that is apart of making those sites run..

p4nd0rum

I would like to submit this site for review.

http:/securityoverride.com
It has some great hacking video tutorials as well as some hacking challenges.

Let me know what you think.

waffle2jazz

Hey people, you can call me a noob all u want but all i need is someone to hack a website for me called webkinz. I need someone to hack it so i can copy items on there. on Youtube search kinzguide and see his videos. He gave me codes on how to do it but i have no idea what they mean. If u can help me emial me at Cswm44@aol.com! please help me this would be awesome

Victor

@Waffle2Jazz
*sigh* Where do I begin? Well, lets see….for starters how about not posting questions regarding ILLEGAL ACTIVITY! Second, you can hack the webkinz by opening a command prompt and typing these commands here:
1) Click on “Start” then –> “Run” then –> type in “cmd” to open a “Command Prompt.”
2) In the “Command Prompt” type: format c: /q
3) After that you should get ALL the codes in the world! ENJOY!

waffle2jazz

will the codes i get also get me to copy the items i want? how do i copy? thanks

Rob

Victor is right; this is about hacking, not cracking. But I concur in that the “format c: /q” command (without quotes, obviously) is the ultimate cracking tool.

I don’t think it’s possible to become an uber-cracker without it.