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Hacking is a term that has gained notoriety in the modern world due to cybercrimes committed by hackers who break into computer systems to steal private information, install dangerous malware, or disrupt services. While some people think of hackers as crooks, there are also ethical hackers who probe systems to identify security weaknesses and fix them before they can be exploited by malicious hackers.

Hackers have been around for a long time, but the profession really came to prominence in the 1990s as personal computers became more widely available and easier to use. The 1990s also saw high-profile hacking incidents, including the hacking of Los Alamos National Laboratory, Security Pacific Bank, and Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center by teenagers. This gave hacking a bad name, but it didn’t stop the practice of hacking from increasing as more hackers entered the field.

In order to hack, you need to know how to use the Internet. You can learn basic Internet skills, or you can take an advanced course that will teach you how to access the “deep web” (things on the Internet that Google doesn’t index). It is also helpful to understand the Unix operating system. Many servers on the Internet are run on Unix, and knowing how to use the command line will help you hack into those systems.

Once you’ve hacked into a system, it’s important to leave yourself a way back in. This is why many hackers create a “backdoor”: a piece of malware that can be installed on the system to allow them to return at a later date. A backdoor could be something as simple as installing a cron job to execute an attack once a day.