Community Byte: HackThisSite, Realistic 1 - Real Hacking Simulations
Community byters, it's time to get serious. We are finally moving on to the realistic missions in HackThisSite. This is where the learning gets intense and where we can apply real knowledge to extremely realistic situations. We will also be continuing the normal Python coding and hacking sessions. These sessions are created to bring our community together, to learn from each other, and grow together. Everyone is welcome, from novice programmers to aspiring hackers.
HackThisSite is a free, legal, and safe practice ground for aspiring hackers wanting to test their knowledge on something real. We have full permission to exploit their servers, and we even get point rewards for it.
Python is an easy-to-learn and fun programming language. It was made with readability and simplicity in mind. This keeps things speedy and simple, which helps novice programmers grasp the concepts and ideas pertaining to programming more easily.
This week, we start our journey into the dark abyss of web exploitation. These are entirely real scenarios that we will be faced with, which require real exploits and real skills. The stuff you learn here is what you would actually use against a web server you were pen-testing on.
Our job in this next week's mission is to help out a "friend" and hack a website where people vote for their favorite band. We have to make sure our friend wins this little competition to be awarded with more glorious mission points.
If you're new to IRC, go here to learn how to set it up and use it. I will walk everyone through the mission and give you all of the resources and hints you need to solve it via chat. If none of our users are able to solve the mission, I will walk you through how to complete it and make sure that you learn why the exploit works.
Sol Gates is in charge of community coding (Mondays and Wednesdays), and I am in charge of HTS missions (Fridays).
Every Monday and Wednesday at 5:00 p.m. PST. If you need to convert the time from your time zone, go to the Time Zone Converter.
Every Friday at 5:00 p.m. PST. If you need to convert the time from your time zone, go to the Time Zone Converter.
PLEASE, arrive on time. You will be left out if you do not arrive on time.
Here are some of my hopes for the community for this week's project:
- Get more users to ask friends to join and idle in IRC.
- Get more people to learn how to program.
- Learn how to apply realistic hacking techniques.
- Teach people problem solving techniques to apply in real-life situations.
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