Why Learning A Little Bit About Hacker Culture Can Keep Your Network Safe

It is hard to figure out the next move of an opponent if you do not know anything about them. When you open a business, you try to study the people who have businesses that are similar to yours. You want to be able to see what you should and should not do to be successful. That same type of thinking applies to sports as well. When one team is about to face another team they try to study them by looking at as much tape as possible. This is the way that you win at anything in life. You try to get to know your opponent and then try to make moves that will counteract them.

If you are in the computer security field your opponents are black hat hackers and the wannabe script kiddies that are out there. If you want to be able to stop them then you have to get into their heads and see how they think. Think about the motivation that anyone of them would have in trying to take down your network. Once you have figured that out, you have half the game won and now you can focus on the technical aspect of the attack.

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How do you get to know the hackers?

The main way that you are going to be able to get to know your opponent is by hanging out in the same places that they hang out at. You can go to some of the mainstream places that they hang out at but you also must try to infiltrate some of the private places that they congregate at online. It is here where you will find out the most interesting stuff that will help you protect your network.

The first thing that you must realize is that there are several of different types of hackers:

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Once you start to realize this then it can help you when someone attacks. The first kind of hacker is one that is known as a script kiddie. Script kiddies barely know anything about the technology that they are using and they only use tools that others have built. They are more annoying than anything and usually their attacks are very basic. What you might see from a script kiddie is a very basic DDOS attack and they might run a few zombie nodes. A script kiddie is easy to squash but will annoy your network because there are so many of them.

The next kind of hacker is the curious hacker. This person does not mean any har,m they just have a lot of technical skills and they want to be able to show them off. This type of person will usually become a white hacker but as of right now they are a grey hat hacker. A person like this will probably only attack your network once and then never come back again. They might even report to you how they were able to get in. When they do this do not be mad because if you start trouble and if they have friends in the hacking community it will only be more of a pain to you.

The last type of hacker that we are going to talk about is known as a black hat hacker. This person is in to hacking for the money. They are good at what they do and they know that they can get paid well to do it. This is the type of hacker that you really need to be concerned about. They might have deep criminal ties, government ties, or they could be working alone. Whatever it is, you must work in making sure they do not attack your network ever again. Once they smell blood they will come back to it over and over again.

If a black hat hacker has infiltrated your network then you need to make sure that you have scanned everything. Black hat hackers are usually very skilled and you never know where they could have hidden their malware at.

So once you have gotten a handle on the hackers that you are going to be dealing with, you can then come up with a plan on how to stop them. No matter what the hacker’s intentions are you do not want them to be able to get into your network. So you must make sure that you are keeping up with the latest in technology. Also make sure that you visit plenty of blogs and read plenty of white papers to learn what the latest techniques are. Being educated and knowing your opponent is the only way that you are going to be able to stop them.

About Lee Munson

Lee's non-technical background allows him to write about internet security in a clear way that is understandable to both IT professionals and people just like you who need simple answers to your security questions.

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