Hacking Etiquette- Ethical Hacking 101

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Hacking Etiquette- Ethical Hacking 101

Hacking Etiquette- Ethical Hacking 101


Ethical hacking has and always will be a controversial topic. But that does not stop it from being one of the most efficient ways of fool proofing you website’s security issues. Generally, these people are experts in networking and internet protocol, and have been hired by an establishment to attack its website, so as to seek out potential keyholes in its security system that malicious hackers might be able to exploit. Though they use the same types of methods as their less morally aware counterparts, the main difference is that they report potential threats instead of exploiting them for personal gains.
It is also known as penetration testing, white hat hacking and red teaming.
The first instances of ethical hacking were during the 1970s, when the US Govt. used red teams to hack its own systems.

Hacking Etiquette- Ethical Hacking 101

Certified Ethical Hacker

It is a course offered by the EC-Council (International Council of E-Commerce Consultants) which makes ethical hacking a legally certified profession. It authorizes the holder to find out weaknesses in specific systems using the same knowledge, methods, and resources as a normal hacker.
C|EH 312-50 is the Exam code. The certificate is of edition 7.1 updated on 14 -6- 2011.For more Information, go to http://www.eccouncil.org/certification/certified_ethical_hacker.aspx

The minimum requirements for the course are at least two years of job experience at a security related post.  This is important as it helps in weeding out malicious hackers. There are other screening measures also.
Even after earning the certificate, there are further background checks and other security screenings for obtaining security clearances before they are offered jobs at government agencies or private firms.

A professional ethical hacker can earn anywhere between 1.75 to 9.5 lakh rupees per year depending on his skill level and employers.


Ethical work mentality

An ethical hacker should keep the company’s interest above all other things. Having hidden agendas and exploiting the scenario for one’s own agenda is a strict no-no.

Respecting Privacy

The client –hacker relationship should be strictly confidential. Any information the hacker comes across while on the job should not be leaked in the future for any reason at all.

“Know thy Enemy “


1)      Discovery of vulnerabilities and hidden doors from a hacker’s viewpoint.

2)      Testing efficiency of current security and defenses.

3)      Efficient risk management.

4)      Enforce vendor made claims about the security of their products.


In order to protect yourself you have to be your enemy. Ethical hackers do this by thinking like a potential hacker out to damage the system. Using the same methods as the repeatedly attack the system till they finally spot a flaw. This flaw is then reported to the website owners who take corrective measures.
Security vulnerabilities may continually appear. Hackers will continue to evolve and exploit even newer vulnerabilities previously not even looked at. This is why regular testing is necessary. And that is Ethical hacking will never go out of fashion no matter how many controversies it gets into.




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