Abbreviation of some hacking terms

By | August 27, 2018

Abbreviation of some hacking terms


Are you new to the realm of hacking?

Do you feel dumb when you don’t know the meaning of a certain term? Well, then this will certainly help you out! If you are ever unsure about anything, simply scroll down and find that specific word, then read the definition.

Anything includes: Abbreviations, Phrases, Words, and Techniques.*The list is in alphabetical order for convenience!*


? DDoS = Distributed Denial of Service

? DrDoS = Distributed Reflected Denial of Service Attack, uses a list of reflection servers or other methods such as DNS to spoof an attack to look like it’s coming from multiple ips. Amplification of power in the attack could occur.

? FTP =File Transfer Protocol. Used for transferring files over an FTP server.

? FUD = Fully Undetectable

? Hex =In computer science, hexadecimal refers to base-16 numbers. These are numbers that use digits in the range: 0123456789ABCDEF. In the C programming language (as well as Java, JavaScript, C++, and other places), hexadecimal numbers are prefixed by a 0x. In this manner, one can tell that the number 0x80 is equivalent to 128 decimal, not 80 decimal.

? HTTP =Hyper Text Transfer Protocol. The foundation of data communication for the World Wide Web.

? IRC = Internet Relay Chat. Transmitting text messages in real time between online users.

? JDB =Java drive-by, a very commonly used web-based exploit which allows an attacker to download and execute malicious code locally on a slave’s machine through a widely known Java vulnerability.

? Malware =Malicious Software

? Nix = Unix based operating system, usually referred to here when referring to DoS’ing.

? POP3 =This is the most popular protocol for picking up e-mail from a server.

? R.A.T = Remote Administration Tool

? SDB = Silent drive-by, using a zero-day web-based exploit to hiddenly and un-detectably download and execute malicious code on a slave’s system. (similar to a JDB, however, no notification or warning is given to the user)

? SE = Social Engineering

? Skid =Script Kid/Script Kiddie

? SMTP =A TCP/IP protocol used in sending and receiving e-mail.

? SQL =Structured Query Language. It’s a programming language, that used to communicate with databases and DBMS. Can go along with a word after it, such as “SQL Injection.”

? SSH =Secure Shell, used to connect to Virtual Private Servers.

? TCP = Transmission Control Protocol, creates connections and exchanges packets of data.

? UDP =User Datagram Protocol, An alternative data transport to TCP used for DNS, Voice over IP, and file sharing.

? VPN =Virtual Private Network

? VPS =Virtual Private Server

? XSS (CSS) = Cross Site Scripting


?Algorithm = A series of steps specifying which actions to take in which order.

?ANSI Bomb = ANSI.SYS key-remapping commands consist of cryptic-looking text that specifies, using ansi numeric codes to redefine keys.

?Back Door = Something a hacker leaves behind on a system in order to be able to get back in at a later time.

?Binary = A numbering system in which there are only two possible values for each digit: 0 and 1.

?Black Hat = A hacker who performs illegal actions to do with hacking online. (Bad guy, per se)

?Blue Hat =A blue hat hacker is someone outside computer security consulting firms who is used to bug test a system prior to its launch, looking for exploits so they can be closed. Microsoft also uses the term BlueHat to represent a series of security briefing events.

?Bot = A piece of malware that connects a computer to an attacker commonly using the HTTP or IRC protocol to await malicious instructions.

?Botnet = Computers infected by worms or Trojans and taken over by hackers and brought into networks to send spam, more viruses, or launch denial of service attacks.

?Buffer Overflow = A classic exploit that sends more data than a programmer expects to receive. Buffer overflows are one of the most common programming errors, and the ones most likely to slip through quality assurance testing.
?Cracker = A specific type of hacker who decrypts passwords break


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