Introduction to Ethical Hacking

INTRODUCTION TO ETHICAL HACKING

WHAT IS ETHICAL HACKING?

Ethical hacking is mainly discovering security issues (also known as vulnerabilities) and fixing these vulnerabilities. The main difference between ethical hacking or white hat hacking and non-ethical or black hat hacking is when the hacker is given the permission to proceed with the hacking activities but still not crossing a particular limit In non-ethical hacking, the hacker proceeds to hack without authorization and does not disclose the vulnerabilities identified and may even exploit them.

IMPORTANCE OF ETHICAL HACKING

People are making the Hackers to attack systems, either to compromise nation security features or to gain a lot of money. Hackers can attack anyone including you to gain money; they can inject worms, Trojans, viruses, ransom ware, these are a few attacks that are common.

BENEFITS OF ETHICAL HACKING

The main benefit of Ethical Hacking is to prevent data from being stolen and not being used by the hacker’s, and:

  • Discover vulnerabilities from an attacker’s POV, so that the vulnerabilities can be fixed
  • Make a secure network to prevent breaches.
  • Protecting national security by protecting data from the hacker’s
  • Helping to protect your computer as well as protecting the computers/electronic devices around you.

TYPES OF ETHICAL HACKING

It will not be a big deal for hackers to attack your computer/electronic device. Ethical Hackers think from a Hacker POV to protect your computer and the other electronic devices around you. These are a few ways they can attack your electronic device.

  •  Web application Hacking
  • System Hacking
  • Web Server Hacking
  • Hacking Wireless Networks
  • Social Engineering

TYPES OF HACKERS

There are mainly 3 types of Hackers

  • WHITE HAT HACKERS
  • BLACK HAT HACKERS
  • GREY HAT HACKERS

WHITE HAT HACKERS:

Ethical hackers or white hat hackers do not intend to harm the system or organization but they do so, mainly to try and find the vulnerabilities, providing solutions to fix them and ensure safety.

BLACK HAT HACKERS:

Black hat hackers or non-ethical hackers perform hacking to fulfill their selfish intentions to collect monetary benefits.

GREY HAT HACKERS:

Grey hat hackers are the combination of white and black hat hackers. They hack without any malicious intention for fun. They perform the hacking without any approval from the targeted organization.

Ethical hackers or white hat hackers do not intend to harm the system or organization but they do so, officially, to penetrate and locate the vulnerabilities, providing solutions to fix them and ensure safety.