Linux for ethical hackers 101

Introduction

In this article, we’ll discuss the Linux operating system and how it ties in with ethical hacking. We will explore the Linux distributions that have been designed with hacking in mind and see how hackers can leverage their inherent strengths to become ethical hackers. We will also discuss some essential skills that ethical hackers will be required to master for Linux OS.

Why is Linux good for ethical hackers?

The concept of Linux for ethical hackers focuses on the use of the Linux operating system for the sole purpose of ethical hacking. There are a couple of skills that hackers must equip themselves with as they approach hacking using Linux, because a good number of devices that they will be hacking into will be Linux devices and a large percentage of tools in existence today are Linux-based.

There are a number of reasons that hackers will need to use Linux. We’ll look at some of these next.

Why do hackers use Linux?

In order to familiarize yourself with the full range of ethical hacking tools, it is important to be conversant with the Linux OS. As the systems engineer Yasser Ibrahim said in a post on Quora: “In Linux you need to understand from the basics to the advanced, learn the console commands and how to navigate and do everything from your console, also shell programming (not a must, but always preferable), know what a kernel is and how it works, understand the Linux file systems, how to network on Linux.”

Hackers will want to utilize Linux for hacking for a wide number of reasons. These include the following:

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