The one thing that popped into my mind when I was listening to the explanation about white, gray, and black hat hackers was: how on earth does an individual get started? Is there a website that gives advice or shows you what to do for beginners? Is there some website that is set up for you to try your skills like practice locks for beginner lock pickers? Or is it something that comes natural to someone as it was for me when I started to learn how to shoot a gun? For me who is not really familiar with anything outside the normal functions of a computer or websites on the internet finds it extremely hard to know how someone has the passion one day to figure out how everything works. Don’t get me wrong I admire such a drive, but even looking at websites, like my online bank account, I wonder: where do you start? Is there a separate window or program you have to use? Does it look like the green screens of what they show in movies? So I started searching online on forums and stories of people and how they started their passion for hacking. I forgot who mentioned it in class, but they were right in the fact that the term initially started out as someone who modified code and evolved into the negative connotation it is today. Asking a few of my military and computer science friends, I’ve found a website called “Code Academy” and for a few minutes started playing with it. The purpose of it is to teach people the basics of coding. How far it goes or how in depth it goes is still beyond me, but in any case I hope it gives me an introduction. If anyone else is interested, here is the link: http://www.codecademy.com
It won’t teach you how to hack, but maybe gives you the foundations to understand how it works.