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 Post subject: BanzaiMonkey's explanation of Hacking
PostPosted: Thu Mar 16, 2006 3:12 pm 
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Ok, let's disambiguate the term "hacking". (Click for an article.)

There are two legitimate uses for the term "hacking". First is the act of reverse-engineering software or files, modifying sourcecode, writing plugins / extensions, searching for bugs, flaws, etc. Hackers can often be found in Open Source software trying to break things (this is how Open Source works, is improved, patched, fixed, etc.).

The second definition of hacking (the one that typically comes to mind) involves actively looking for a hole in a security system for the purpose of exposing the security vulnerability and fixing it (ethical hacking). Hacking typically involves direct contact, at least once, with the target. Direct contact can occur when the hacker visits the site of the security system or contacts someone and poses as security personell or an administrator. It may also involve directly searching for physical copies of passwords. In cases of ethical hacking, the target may provide information about themselves intentionally to test their security system, and hackers will be enticed to attack the system by way of a contest.

Legitimate hackers (ethical or not) are contrasted with "script kiddies" or "crackers". A script kiddy is someone who does not do any hacking on their own. Instead, they simply read about a security exploit that someone else has found and documented, and then search for someone who has not yet updated their system, software, etc. This is further facilitated by software branding that is commonly used on web software packages (such as PHPBB) which makes the software being used easier to identify and attack and also compounded by poor administration of such software (admins who do not update their software when new security fixes are published and released). This is not hacking. It is simply a step-by-step reproduction of a security vulnerability, essentially duplication of a bug in the software.

In most cases, activities that are percieved as "hacking" are due to negligence on the part of the victim or on the part of the administrator responsible for the victim's account, etc. As Kagenutto mentioned, if you are irresponsible in your security practices and do not take the time to secure your system, you are vulnerable to attack.

Here are a few tips for preventing your system, account, or personal information being hijacked, "hacked", or whatever.

1. Use alpha-numeric passwords. Example: ar23ul57qe, EReKJ873L, aE87kjOl83, etc. Do not use a dictionary word as a password. Some brute force programs use dictionaries to attempt to guess your password. Also, do not use any personally-identifiable information such as your name, birthdate, etc.
2. Change your password frequently. Once a month would be good for a casual user. Once a week would be better for an admin.
3. Do not use the same password everywhere. Passwords should probably be unique to each site.
4. Don't use the same account name and username everywhere, especially in places where the account name doesn't affect community identification. I.e. do not use the same name for your SRO character and SRO account, and do not use the same account for SRO as you do for the forums.
5. Secure your passwords. If you write them down, keep them in a locked filing cabinet. Don't leave them on your desk, especially at work. If you store them on your computer, make sure they're encrypted. (An easy way to encrypt text on a computer is to type it in a BMP or JPG file as it will not be indexed / viewable with a text editor. Just make sure you secure this image file, in a password protected folder, archive, etc., or removable media which you can physically secure.)
6. Do not share your password with anyone. If you need to allow someone else access to a system, make an account for them or have a system administrator make an account for them. Otherwise, you should log them in / out and directly monitor their usage.
7. Do not download cracks, keygens, trainers, etc.
8. Do not open any e-mail attachments you weren't expecting.
9. Regularly scan your computer for virii and spyware.
10. Do not save passwords on your computer. There's a tradeoff between convenience and security when storing passwords. Be very careful, because most stored passwords are not encrypted. They are simply stored in the registry or in a text file (especially for websites).
11. Flush (delete) your cookies when you exit your internet browser. Firefox can do this automatically.
12. Never put your password in a login macro or any other automated input device.
13. Keep your e-mail addresses current. In the event you need to retrieve a lost password, you'll almost always need to have a functional e-mail associated with an account.
14. Be careful in cyber-cafes; make sure you log out of your account(s) and make sure not to store your password. You may also want to avoid cyber-cafes alltogether, as there could be keyloggers on the machines and you'd have no way of knowing. Ask the proprietor about his/her security measures.
15. Make sure your home network is secure, particularly if you have wireless internet. Don't do banking on a public hotspot / WAP.
16. Keep your system up to date! You've heard it elsewhere, I'm sure. There's a reason for it.

I'm sure there's at least one security professional floating around on here who can point out a few other tips. Keep in mind that you can cut corners with security for convenience, but that's a calculated risk and you should be aware of the potential consequences.


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 18, 2006 5:17 am 
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Nice definition of a hacker, I think it is necessary to clarify what is the difference between that and a simple lamer or script kiddies.
But you know, there aren't really a definition for this term, because it existed before the advent of computers.
Basically, we could say that a hacker is someone that love to tweak a system to better know it. So for example a physician that loves his work is actually a hacker because he is doing his job by passion.

But there are not always "white hat" hackers on the net, there are too "black hats" and these are far more dangerous than the lamers and script kiddies, because they have far more knowledge and control. Since no system in 100% secure, there is no way to get around that, but with some security rules you can avoid many problems. I saw that you should use always the same password, this is true, but you can't use each time a new password even if it is the best solution. I advise you to use some 3 or 4 different password with different length and structure that you would always remember depending on the type of content you need to secure.
Ex: You have 3 password: the 1st is really little, like 6 char, the second is 9 char and the last 14 char. When you must register for a forum, you use the first password, it doesn't matter if someone steal your account, you can ask the administrator, and anyway it's not really a matter of life. For a game like Silkroad, you use the 2nd password (or the 3rd if you really want), because it's more secure. But when you must secure your computer or really crypted important informations, you use the 3rd password. At the beginning even 3 passwords would be really efficient, and later you will certainly create others when you will have your first passwords in mind.
And don't forget that a good password is more than 8 char (5 char password can be cracked in one day, 6 char in 1 week, 7 char in one month, 8 char in some months and 9 some years), with alphanumeric characters (but create some passwords without alphanumeric terms because some website or programs don't accept these). You should not use a suite of complete words, but instead mix them (ex: your mother's name is Anna, your father's George and your birthdate 17/02/1967, don't create a password like annageorge670217, it will be easily discovered, but instead try georanna1702ge67, this will be a little bit harder ;) ).

If you need some computer software protections but don't have a penny to give, then here is a list of effective softwares that you can use for your personal needs (not for commercial, then you must buy a licence):

Free antivirus: Antivir Classic Edition (free-av.com), AVG Free Edition, Avast Free Edition.
Free firewalls: ZoneAlarm, KerioPersonalFirewall.
Free anti-spyware: Spybot, Ad-Aware.
Free filewall: ProcessGuard from DiamondCS.
Other utilities: Advanced Process Manipulation & DelLater from DiamondCS, MalWhere (to know if a process maybe is a virus or not, really useful for neophytes and advanced users).

That's all =) There are more free and nice softwares out there like, some are outdated, others still in development (like ClamAV or WinPooch) so try a little search on Google for more informations ;)

Cya!

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write your password in 1337 + binary :P then watch the frustration.

3x4mp13
01100101011110000110000101101101011100000110110001100101


ok so binary isnt such a good idea :D


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The sadness part of SRO account password is...

You CAN use ONLY small letters and number for passwords x.x
I think they should allow at least CAPTIAL letter for passwords. Otherwise, passwords will not be strong as it suppose to be.

And yes, pretty good about hacker definition here. I was going to do this, but I am still in High School and busy rushing doing homeworks, SAT, ACT, and Regents prep, leadership program, and colleges coming all ahead before these.

I hate any players to try to play in the SHORTCUT way, especially in the online games. (the single-player in consule/PC games are exception, since even the game maker giving out cheat codes O.o) It make game server lag, make GMs harder time to control those, annoy other "legit" players, and they did nothing beside let robots do the job.

I think I should put this again on my signature...

"ALL CHARACTERS ARE NOT USING HACK BECAUSE HACKS MAKE GAME BORING AND RUIN OTHERS IN GAME!!!"

End for now...

Sincerely, Pan2006 (March 20th, 2006)

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You guys ruled some things out here, like third party programs, and phishing pages.

Anyone can fall for a phishing page. A simple link to a look-a-like site and its all over.

I even did it once; page looked exactly like Ebay and I gave up my account info :(


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SD_Ryoko wrote:
You guys ruled some things out here, like third party programs, and phishing pages.

Anyone can fall for a phishing page. A simple link to a look-a-like site and its all over.

I even did it once; page looked exactly like Ebay and I gave up my account info :(


lol... poor ryoko I did the same thing too... maybe we got scammed by the same site eh... small world small world

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If you're concerned about phishing and use Mozilla Firefox, you can try out this anti-phishing extension from Google Labs.

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Very nice definitions. Great find!

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Yes, I use this extension ...and it's very promising... one word - Google :)


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1duck wrote:
write your password in 1337 + binary :P then watch the frustration.

3x4mp13
01100101011110000110000101101101011100000110110001100101


ok so binary isnt such a good idea :D



heres mine

3h3r15h
10101101001101010110100001101010100101011101010

XD

gl deciphering that

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PostPosted: Fri May 26, 2006 3:27 pm 
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Nice definition of a hacker, I think it is necessary to clarify what is the difference between that and a simple lamer or script kiddies.


I bet you can't make the difference on who is who or who is doing what, they both using the same things, the only difference is on the way they are using those things and with what purpose. Also since on the nowadays search engines you can even findout HOWTO make a real bomb, its no wonder how come there are so many script kiddos.

PS: Even a 5 years old kid can do copy/paste that doesn't mean he is an "hacker" remember that.

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3h3r15h­5hj•j
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3h3r15h1735710410674234

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hacks are for the weak succkaaaa

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Well, I used to just do some fun password hacking with friends, and the longer the pass with numbers being at the beginning is harder to break. It usually starts by just doing random letters / words mixed with numbers until it tries about 1 billion combinations. These are just simple systems though, above posts were to long to read. :roll:


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good def of hacking :D

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How do I change the settings so my PC doesn't "put my password in a login macro or any other automated input device." (I use a Windows XP Prof.)

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or these guys.

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Just get something personal with numers etc like your telephone number + birthday.


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do people still bot hack this game? lol. :shock:

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