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How to hack, in real-life.

Arrow Image How does one hack in real-life? Why do you need you read this article? JUST CLICK THE LINK



So...

Hello,

Maybe we meet for the first time. I wouldn't know, I'm just telling a story to everyone who listens to me. And today you are listening.

Thank you (for listening).

Hacking in real-life (<-- that's the title, nitwit)

What is hacking?

You probably asked yourself that a thousand times. And people have probably answered that question more than a thousand times.

Then, you might ask yourself why I am going to explain it to you again, according to my.. rules.

Well, because I think hacking is more then ones and zero's. Hacking exists in this world, and not in a computer.

PEOPLE ARE ABLE TO HACK WITHOUT A COMPUTER.

Ha, I got you stumped there right? Well, I'll explain that sentence with my rule:
Hacking = Using something to get something done.

Got that? Good.

And now for the other part, "real-life". With real-life I mean your life. I mean you, and everyone and everything around you. Indeed, real-life hacking is just like SE'ing, yet it's different.

"How can I hack this tree", is a question that I can't answer. "How can I hack this hard-to-reach-window with this tree", is plain logic.

As a hacker, you probably questioned a lot.
You probably thought:
33%: How can I
66%: How can I do this
100%: How can I do this with/using that

Real-life hacking is all about the third (100%) question. You need to pay attention to EVERY(THING/ONE) around you, and you probably need to manipulate SOME(THING/ONE)(S) around you.

Example? Sure, check out this (100% based on true facts) story:

(BTW: SE'ing = Social Engineering)

A few months ago me and my friend had to do a test for our IT class. We needed to build a simple site using html, css and some javascript. At the end of the class we had to e-mail the site to a certain e-mail address so our teacher could upload it and view the source.

Our teacher has an usb-key (FACT)
Our teacher probably has information we can't have (THOUGHT)


1+1=2 (most of the times, this could be argued)

We just NEEDED to get our hands on that usb-key (I can't explain why, I'm sorry). But how? Remember our question? "How can I do this with/using that?". We needed to manipulate our situation in order to obtain that information.

I used hand-signals to tell my friend (he was sitting across the room) I needed that usb-key, and I would need some time to get that information. My friend understood me instantly (surprisingly), and what he did, was this: He told our teacher he couldn't get in his e-mail account because he forgot his password. He also told him the account was brand new, that's why he didn't remember it.

My teacher, a dumb ass as he was/is, gave him the usb-key so he could store his site on it.

-not smart-

My friend began copying the data to his mp3-player (32,3mb of data, we needed another 2,5 minutes.)

I told the teacher my site was done, but I also asked him something about the lay-out ("is this correct, sir"). Now, my friend needed some time, time that I would try to give him. When I was done talking to my teacher and I looked to the usbkeycopydude, he clearly signaled he needed more time.

The teacher was thinking of retrieving his usb-key..

WHAT NOW?

"Sir, what's your e-mail again."
*he gave his e-mail address.
"Ehrm, do I spell it this way?"
*teacher walks to my computer and began correcting my mistakes (mistakes I put there on purpose).

YES.
DONE.
GOT IT.

You don't want to know what the 32,2mb contained.
oh you do want to know?
-passwords
-usernames
-database dumps
-emails
-schedules
-and more

THE END (of this example :P)

So, that was just a little part of real-life hacking. In this case, it looked more like SE'ing. Final conclusion will stay the same though:

In order to get something (done) you need to manipulate some(thing/one) and change your situation.

It's not: "How can I hack this tree".
It's: "How can I hack with this tree".

If you follow my rules you conclude that lying, is real-life hacking. But I'm not telling you to lie. Just bend the truth for "the greater good". You can make a difference, just remember that.

NEVER do this when you don't have a reason. It's stupid. You always have a risk of getting caught. You can't hide behind a proxy, you are no longer just ones and zero's. You are you, and your victim is maybe right in front of you.

I hope this article opened your eyes. You can hack the system, you just don't have the cool green-swooshy power that Neo has.

Live with it.

END
(don't be really stupid, just a little bit)
By spyware - 21-11-06 19:38 hbh

Comments

dontspitonmeon November 22 2006 - 00:21:43
well written and a good read i liked it Smile
CrazyCaity123on November 22 2006 - 00:26:41
Decent article... Only thing is, I don't think I'll ever come to a situation where I'll have to use 'How can I hack with this tree?' Nicely done anyway lol(yes, that was a joke btw)
Arto_8000on November 22 2006 - 00:50:22
Good articles, change from these boring and repeating articles. Caity -> You never know a tree is very usefull to cross river, ram building, spy people, hide, etc.
chislamon November 22 2006 - 03:18:17
Not a bad article. I like the way you use hack with instead of hack something... never thought *exactly* like that but it was an interesting article.
Neo_Chalchuson November 22 2006 - 03:37:28
AWESOME article, but then this is my area of expertise so I am probobly inclined to like it based directly off the topic anyway. You outlined it well, and the example ran most of the key points. Nicely worded and made sense while still getting ALL points across, and your right: not everyone has the green swooshy power like me Wink either way...awesome.
only_samuraion November 22 2006 - 04:03:20
damned good article, very useful. also i like you explain theres a difference between hacking and computer hacking.
0rijin4lon November 22 2006 - 11:12:41
LOl, nice, good use of SEing and group hacking......
spywareon November 22 2006 - 16:44:00
one could argue what the definition is of "hacking". "WRONG!" actually means: "I think that:". Hacker, in the old days, actually meant: "One who enjoys the intellectual challenge of creatively overcoming or circumventing limitations." So, you're "WRONG!" I guess Wink
AldarHawkon November 22 2006 - 18:04:56
first off I know I am going to get a little flamage on this comment to djdan_master but here it is anyways! Hacking == gaining knowledge of a subject through investigation and trial/error. Cracking == gaining access into something /somewhere , that you're unauthorised to be. There IS a difference. The youth of today are so out of it, it is not funny. To Spyware: The article is well written and the way you place the knowlege of hackings true meaning is great. I am happy to see some people who know what they are talking about because unfortunatelly they are few and far between. Congratulations!!!
BluMooseon November 22 2006 - 18:35:46
Nicely written Spay, great points Grin Aldar, its a neverending fight Pfft The 'oldies' (or wannabe oldies) claim that hacking still means what it used to. Understandeable. The new generation of hackers uses the word the way it's more commonly accepted as in todays society. Understandeable aswell Pfft There is no right and wrong I guess Wink
nights_shadowon November 22 2006 - 18:41:37
lol, i use this type of stuff all the time with....."the authorities." It's a way of life, always has been.
spywareon November 22 2006 - 20:04:49
Wow thanks for all your comments! I really appreciate your interest in my article. BTW, the person who voted "Poor", why don't you post something? I can always use constructive criticism. You can also PM me why you didn't like the article Wink - I won't eat you (not alive, anyway xD).
netfishon November 22 2006 - 20:34:07
Didn't go in depth about anything really ... so broad.
spywareon November 22 2006 - 20:37:41
@netfish: Yes, you are right. This article covers much aspects, without going in-depth. I probably will write another article(s) to go in depth about certain aspects of "real-life hacking". Thanks for your comment Smile.
zaliferon November 22 2006 - 23:18:29
brilliant article Smile really liked it,. i love the way you bring it back to the old way of hacking. lets remember, hacking used to be 90% seing and phreaking.... i wish i was around bak tehn.... *sigh* ............ :ninja:
system_meltdownon November 23 2006 - 02:36:34
Nice article man Smile rating it awesome Pfft
mozzeron November 23 2006 - 07:16:05
Awesome, but you want some criticism. Don't get addicted to the space bar
willeHon November 23 2006 - 11:22:57
Wow you distracted your teacher whilst your mate copied his usb stick, your crazy skilled!
chislamon November 23 2006 - 18:33:59
@mozzer if you mean the line breaks then thats the enter bar Grin good job tho again spy for the 2nd time Grin
mr noobon November 24 2006 - 22:10:11
sweet article spy Grin very true bout the original meaning of hacking too... after all the first "hackers" were train model fans.
ranmaon November 25 2006 - 18:30:34
genious! My only word
Romnouson December 02 2006 - 20:10:07
simply brilliant spyware Smile
eggsandbeanson December 04 2006 - 18:49:30
dude, that is actually SICK!!! (which is always a gd thing) :ninja:
thk-h3xon April 13 2007 - 22:41:01
Awesome spy! A good read and well written.
practice_123on May 13 2007 - 22:33:42
... i dont know .. it seems like you just lied about somthing to get somthing, then bought time, and you were done .. u cant go into source code and type in find, i dont know how to read and it will read itself to you ..
zeldageekon August 14 2007 - 22:15:34
Awesome. Grin You're awesome.
Tricketon January 28 2008 - 18:23:21
Love S.E :love:
dnatrixene135on July 18 2011 - 20:51:59
Dude this is awesome... I would like to learn this someday.
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