The Hacking Project: An Overview

October 11, 2020

What is ‘The Hacking Project’?

The Hacking Project is a self-directed education where I improve my skills in IT-security with focus on offensive techniques. This is commonly known as hacking.

I’m planning to run this project for about 3 months full time.

Isn’t hacking illegal?

Hacking must not be illegal. The terms Ethical Hacker and White Hat Hacker (among others) describe a hacker that does not engage in illegal activities.

To comply with the law you can:

I expect to engage in some of these activities and will probably write more about them later on.

Background

By now I’ve done over 10 years in the trade as a software developer. It’s overall a great job, but some things are really more interesting than others.
To me the most enjoyable moments are when I’m trying to get things to work (that doesn’t work) and when I’m getting past obstacles. These things are at the very core of hacking. I learnt this two years ago when I took a hacking course.

Due to Covid-19, my contract was recently cancelled and I have an upcoming parental leave on the horizon. So right now there is a window of opportunity to take the hacking one step further.

For fun or profit?

The project is roughly divided into 75% fun and 25% profit. The fun-part is there to make sure that whatever I focus on comes from the heart. The profit-part gives me guidelines to follow to make sure I don’t mess around too much. I don’t expect this project to pay my salary in any way.

The guidelines are:

As long as I honor these I can choose freely what interests me and focus on that.

There are no goals or expectations related to achievements because I simply do not know how long this journey is. I don’t want to set goals for what I cannot directly control since it might just make me feel stressed or incentivize me to take shortcuts that will inhibit true learning.

The weekly updates

There are two major reasons for writing about this every week:

Also, even though this project was the excuse to create a website, I have been thinking about it for some time. My intention is to keep maintaining it after this project is over.

Closing words

That was it. I have finally started. I hope you want to join me on this journey and I hope I should be able to keep things a little bit shorter in the future.

Thank you for reading!