So You Want to Be a Hacker?


There are three main ways to get someone’s password.

1). Social Engineering.
By talking to someone who knows the password, you can try to “trick” them into giving you it. Be creative. The AOL equivalent is phishing (posing as an AOL technician or something, claiming to need the person’s password), though phishing takes no skill and is hardly considered social engineering.

2). Password Stealers or Sniffers (PWS).
A program installed on the user’s machine that literally gets the password as it is being typed in. Some PWS also search for stored passwords. After a PWS obtains a password, it usually stores it or sends it out through email. You would probably have to make your own ( learn to program! ) if you want it to be effective, though sometimes there are pre-made ones. Those AOL PWS are mostly crap, most of them only steal the password from the Change Password Window, which is not very effective.

3). Password Cracker.
A program on your machine that guesses passwords from a list. This can take some time, and would not be able to crack a user’s password if it’s not on the password list.

Getting someone’s IP Address

First, you need to understand what an IP address is. Every computer connected to the Internet has an IP address, which is, in simple terms, equivalent to a phone number. It identifies the computer on the Internet. The IP address is where data is sent to and from. If the person is signing on through a dial up account, the IP address is usually different at each login. To find your IP address, click on the Start button, Run, and then type in winipcfg. And for you AOLer’s who think who don’t have an IP address, make sure that the listbox says “AOL Adapter,” not “PPP Adapter.” So, why get someone’s IP address? Hell if I know. Maybe to do something lame, like nuke (crash) a computer, or maybe because a backdoor like NetBus or BackOrifice is installed. Anyway, IP addresses can be obtain through these methods:
-Email – It’s in the header
-IRC – A simple /whois [nick] will return the IP address
– ICQ IP Sniffer – Due to a bug in the ICQ software, it is possible to type in an UIN and get the user’s IP address.
-ICQ Software Bug – Another software bug? Yup, only this time you don’t need an external prog. If you have someone on your contact list, you can disconnect and then check their info. Their IP address will be in the Last IP box! Works for older versions of ICQ.
-IP Stealer – I haven’t seen one of these, but there should be some around. It would work like a Password Stealer, except it would get the IP address instead of the password.

VII. Seek, and ye shall find.

One of the most annoying questions I hear are “Do you have this?” or “Can you send me this?” or “Where can I get this?” Well, I’m going to tell you this TOP SECRET thing I found called a SEARCH ENGINE. You type in what you what you’re looking for, and it gives you links to web pages that have the words in it! WOW!

Okay, that was lame, anyway, any experienced web surfer will tell you that you can find anything on the web your heart desires. Whether that would be XXX pics, games, or how to be a hacker, its all there. You just need to know how to find it. Now, for search engines, I prefer and . When typing stuff in the search box, be sure you use + (plus sign) in front of words that you want combined. For example, let’s say you’re looking for an ICQ IP sniffer program. Now, if you just typed in “ICQ IP sniffer” (without the quotes), it would give you web sites like ICQ reviews, what IP addresses are, and pages about your mom (heh, j/k). But if you typed in “+ICQ +IP +sniffer,” it will look for pages that have all those words. Understand?
Also, another web browsing technique that I like to use is opening multiple windows. This is especially useful when you’re like me, stuck with a 33.6 modem. Okay, so, let’s say Infoseek found 15 page results that have to do with ICQ IP Sniffers. When I find a link I want to open, instead of just clicking on it, I would click the right mouse button to bring up that pop-up menu, and then click Open Link in New Window. This would open another browsing window. And then when I find another link I want to go to, I do the same thing. The purpose of all this? To view one page while another is loading.

Congratulations, this concludes the So You Want to Be a Hacker? text. You have now earned your CHW (Certified Hacker Wannabe). So, one last question remains: How do you know when you’re a hacker? Well, the answer is when someone tells you.