The war that is being fought on the internet every day is an informational one.
That is why you have to do your best in trying to get all of the information that you can.
If you are going against someone who is trying to attack you then you need to be able to predict the moves that they might make. The only way that you can do that is by trying to get as much information about them as you can. There are of course several ways that you can do this.
One of the ways that you can get this done is by trying to infiltrate the community yourself. The underground black hat hacker community is filled with different types of people so you might be surprised at what you find. Even though you might see on TV that everyone who is involved in this community are people who like to stay in the basement of their mothers house for hours at a time but this is just not true. The community is very diverse and really the one thing that they have in common is trying to make money in a criminal activity.
If you try to infiltrate this community then you have to realize that you might be setting yourself up for a world of pain later on down the line. If you are found out to be someone who is just studying them like wild animals in a zoo then there is a good chance that they will not like it. And when they do not like something there tends to be digital repercussions. The bad guys on the internet are cunning and you have to make sure that you are up to it.
But there is a much easier way to go about studying the people who you are going to be facing off against. You can just follow the path of the people who have been there before you. The one thing about this particular online community is that there is a lot of online information posted about it. This information comes from both outsiders who just studied what they saw and people who used to operate within the community themselves. There is a lot that you can learn from looking at study like these.
While you might think that the first lessons you learn will be technical, they are not. The first lessons that you learn will be how the people who you are dealing with think. And this might be the most important lesson overall. Getting inside information on how black hats deal with each other and also the people who they try to infect will give you keen insight on how to stop their attacks.
The one thing that might surprise you is that most of the black hat hackers out there do not create their own attacks. The ones who do are considered to be an elite class but the rest are considered to be script kiddies. Not knowing how to create an attack of their own can limit how effective they are but they still can cause damage when they want to. While they may not be able to create the attacks you do not have to be a technical genius to know how to run one.
When you do finally get down to the technical parts of the attacks by reading white papers and the like, you will be surprised to find out how good these guys are. People really do underestimate the genius of some of these attacks. The technical knowhow that is involved is really quite compelling. If you are just an IT administrator and not also a programmer then some of the technical jargon that goes into detailing these attacks might go over your head. That is why it is really useful for IT admins to learn at least a little bit about programming when they get into the field. The same advice also goes to programmers when it comes to learning about the network and administering IT equipment such as servers.
But going back to the tech parts of the attacks, you have to remember that these guys spend hours and hours combing through reverse engineered information to try and find one little weak point to exploit. This means that you are really dealing with people who are patient and meticulous. These types of people are very hard nuts to crack.
Looking at information such as blogs and white papers written by other people who have studied the scene can save you a lot of time and energy when it comes to defending your network. If you want to be able to stop the people who are attacking then you have to be able to think how they think.