Monday, September 26, 2011

Wanted to be a Hacker! The best Operating System for Hacking

These days the word Hacking is one of the most popular keywords searched or being interrogated. Though there are so many articles we can get around over the web which claims to have the best hacking materiel as well as there are so many tools also available to get the idea of hacking. On this blog as we have several articles written related to hacking world; but on this post today we will know about the best operating system .. preferred by several  hacker….
To get so I have searched many forums and articles and reached a final conclusion that the favorite Operating System for Hackers is a Linux Based Operating called BackTrack Linux… as well as the Microsoft Windows XP. These are also one of the easiest operating system as well but have so many functionality and feature you would love to know. Windows XP is still the most loved windows operating system and there is nothing left secret so here i think I need not to have it explained… so here just we will discuss only BackTrack Linux.
Best Operating System used by Hackers: Backtrack Linux
As I have already said Backtrack Linux is the most loved operating system not because it is the easiest but because it has the functionality that aids security professionals in the ability to perform assessments in a purely native environment dedicated to hacking. Regardless if you’re making BackTrack your primary operating system, booting from a Live DVD, or using your favourite thumb drive, BackTrack has been customized down to every package, kernel configuration, script and patch solely for the purpose of the penetration tester.
This operating system not only suited to the experienced profession but early newcomers can also get the information they need to start their carrier. BackTrack promotes a quick and easy way to find and update the largest database of security tool collection to-date. Back Track is quite possibly the most comprehensive Linux distribution of security tools. Both hackers and crackers can appreciate the features of this distribution. For black-hat hackers, it provides an easy access to software that facilitates exploitations for secured systems and other reverse engineering. For white-hatters, it is a penetration tester that finds holes in a security scheme. See, everybody wins!
Why we favor BackTrack Linux Major Features
The linux Distribution  BackTrack has the latest in security penetration software with the installation. You don’t need any special driver installation packages to be installed as it has the latest Kernel system perfectly patched for attacks. For example, an Atheros-based wireless networking adapter will no enter monitor mode or inject packets without the MadWiFi driver patch. With BackTrack, you don’t need to worry about that. It’s just plug-and-play ready-to-go!
What’s great is that this Linux distribution comes Live-on-CD. So, no installation is needed. However, what you experience BackTrack, you will realize that it is a must to download this operating system and install it on your Laptop. At the very least, download the VMWare Virtual Appliance for Backtrack. Make sure you also install the VMWare Tools for Linux as well. Many features will still work in VMWare mode.
  • Based on: Debian, Ubuntu
  • Origin: Switzerland
  • Architecture: i386
  • Desktop: Fluxbox, KDE
  • Category: Forensics, Rescue, Live Medium
  • Cost: Free
Hacking Tools:
BackTrack provides users with easy access to a comprehensive and large collection of security-related tools ranging from port scanners to password crackers. Support for Live CD and Live USB functionality allows users to boot BackTrack directly from portable media without requiring installation, though permanent installation to hard disk is also an option.
BackTrack includes many well known security tools including:
  • Metasploit integration
  • RFMON Injection capable wireless drivers
  • Kismet
  • Nmap
  • Ettercap
  • Wireshark (formerly known as Ethereal)
  • BeEF (Browser Exploitation Framework)
A large collection of exploits as well as more common place software such as browsers. BackTrack arranges tools into 11 categories:
  • Information Gathering
  • Network Mapping
  • Vulnerability Identification
  • Web Application Analysis
  • Radio Network Analysis (802.11, Bluetooth, Rfid)
  • Penetration (Exploit & Social Engineering Toolkit)
  • Privilege Escalation
  • Maintaining Access
  • Digital Forensics
  • Reverse Engineering
  • Voice Over IP
and much more…. the list endless and lot more such features….