My Venture into Hacking
I have been reading here on Null Byte for a while now and I will admit I am as green as a greenhorn can be. I only recently started using Linux and had to find my way around a command line interface using YouTube tutorials and many texts here on NB. I started playing HackNet awhile ago and totally loved it! I know it over simplified by a lot but did get my interests up even more. See this post as my personal introduction to the NB community; dlagel says HI!
I have always had an interest in security and penetration testing; finding ways into abandoned buildings as a kid, lock-picking a few years ago and more recently that shifted to the digital realm.
My goal for now? I want to see how vulnerable I myself am to hackers. If I can hack my own machines; I know I gotta step up the security a notch. I want to hack my own old machine and try to connect to my WiFi by any means other than tying in the passphrase.
If I am able to "hack" my WiFi I will assume anyone can.
What I have done so far:
- Downloaded Kali from the makers website and verified the hashes. Legit.
- Enabled virtualization on my laptop, got an OracleVM set up and installed Kali (PS: recommended 8GB of disk will result in FAILURE! Take 20 or so ;)
- Got myself a second laptop (running Vista) as victim machine that's connected to the same WiFi (just my own, regular, everyday-use home WiFi)
- Done some nmap, found multiple devices on the network and found my target machine.
And that is basically where I am at. I've been unable to find which services are behind these ports, let alone find a usable vulnerability. There are a lot of helpful tuts here and elsewhere but none of them are, of course, a simple 100% copy-paste it seems.
Currently I am trying to figure out all these hundreds of parameters and options of nmap alone, I'm truly just scratching the tip of an immense iceberg. Man what a journey I got ahead! Its both a challenge and at the same time almost demotivating so much I have to learn but I hope to find some community support and a new hobby might grow bigger every day!
I'm not going to ask for you to hold my hand but if you guys can throw usefull links my way I will do the research and take it from there.
Thank you for taking the time to read this large post; I'm going to play around in Kali a bit more!