In this article we will learn about Top 7 Types of Hacking Tutorials on YouTube.
Top 7 Types of Hacking Tutorials on YouTube:
Part 1. Introduction
Today, with more than 1 billion active users worldwide, YouTube dominates other Web 2.0 applications and dominates the field of online video streaming. YouTube started in 2004 as a video sharing website, within a year of its existence YouTube was bought by Google and became a media scene dedicated not only to video sharing but also to social networking.
Thanks to the huge volume of YouTube’s digital archive, which is expanded by 300 hours of video per minute, the site has become an important platform for the dissemination of knowledge. YouTube is used by hackers as a supplement to other sources of knowledge related to hacking, such as books, forums, and educational sites. YouTube hacking related videos include instructions on the basics of hacking (eg “Intro to Hacking” and “Complete Free Hacking Course”) as well as more advanced specific hacking tutorials.
Thousands of hacking tutorials posted on YouTube are causing controversy among YouTube users. On one hand, tutorials provide knowledge about hacking and raise awareness about cyber security. On the other hand, such tutorials threaten people’s safety and educate potential black hat hackers.
This article will briefly discuss the seven most popular types of hacking tutorials uploaded to YouTube, specifically hacking tutorials explaining how to access: live cams (Section 2); mobile phones (section 3); computers (section 4); Facebook accounts (Section 5); Wi-Fi passwords (Section 6); websites (Section 7); online banks and ATMs (Section 8). Section 9 concludes.
Section 2. Live Cam Hacking
A search using the keywords “how to hack cameras” yields at least eight pages of relevant videos on how to hack various types of cameras and watch live feeds from bedrooms, offices, and security systems. Methods reported by YouTube hackers include injecting malicious code, using shodanhq.com, crawling the Angry IP Scanner platform, and using the Metasploit framework, among others.
Viewers are taught how to access various cameras and “slave” devices to view, record and manipulate the accessed footage. Additionally, these tutorials show how to invade people’s privacy and scare them by producing different sounds (talking, singing, screaming, etc.) through a hacked camera.
The most common type of camera hacking is using a popular type of malware, namely a Remote Access Trojan (RAT). RAT related videos not only demonstrate tutorials and provide useful hacking links but also contain the result of hacks performed. Dubbed “cam trolling”, the videos show the reactions of confused people who have been hacked and filmed in their homes.
For example, a YouTube account called Sausarge has posted more than 45 “cam trolling” videos featuring the reactions of confused people who hear sounds from cameras in their bedrooms, kitchens and offices. The account has more than 3,000 subscribers.
There’s a whole subculture of rats trying to get shots of attractive women. Recorded intimate footage can later be used to blackmail victims and threaten to publish their videos online. Various media outlets have widely discussed the case of C.W., a California teenager whose camera was hacked by a rat. The hacker amassed a collection of Wolf’s private moments, including images, audio, recordings and emails. Finally, the ratter threatened the girl and demanded that she make sexually explicit videos. The hacker was arrested by authorities and is currently serving an 18-month prison sentence.
Section 3. Cell Phone Hacking
Cell phone hacking allows the hacker to control the accessible device and perform various operations such as searching the user’s files or taking photos without the user knowing about the intrusion. YouTube provides numerous video tutorials where hackers explain how to “enslave” mobile phones. The methods discussed in these videos include, but are not limited to, data connection hijacking using software such as Simple Phone Hacker and Metasploit using Femtocells.
YouTube hacking videos promise to teach viewers not only how to crack a forgotten private cell phone password, but also how to gain access to a spouse, friend or neighbor’s cell phone to illegally collect personal information.
In several YouTube videos, security advisors warn cell phone users that malicious code that can help them gain access to their cell phones can also be installed through infected apps downloaded online or by opening malicious links. For example, one of the hacking tutorials on YouTube discusses a technique that uses images that are sent via a short message.
Once the recipient opens the infected image sent by the hacker, the malware contaminates the mobile phone and the hacker is able to see and manage the contents of the infected phone. The video shows that this type of hack allows you to see and write messages to the affected person’s contacts, as well as send, receive and record phone calls.
Section 4. Computer Hacking
Hackers usually hack into individuals’ computers to gain unauthorized access to protected information. Computer hacking involves a variety of fraudulent operations such as password cracking, bypassing computer system authentication, and stealing personal online credentials.
YouTube tutorials include techniques on how an individual can hack a computer to spy, remotely control, crack a Wi-Fi password, or trigger a remote shutdown. For example, a video that has nearly 100,000 views explains how the author hacked, accessed, and managed his high school’s computer network. The methods most commonly seen in YouTube videos include the use of vector matrix technology, the command line, and common network techniques.
Another large percentage of computer hacking related videos on YouTube contain hacker precautions. For example, cyber security experts explain how to tell if a computer is being hacked or how to protect a computer from being attacked by malware.
Section 5. Facebook Account Hacking
Facebook accounts are a popular target for hackers because they provide a wealth of fascinating information about personal relationships, online credentials, location, preferences, and more. Thus, unauthorized access to a Facebook account can be useful not only to an unknown hacker, but also to a friend or spouse of the targeted person.
YouTube has a number of tutorials on how to hack Facebook passwords. To gain access to Facebook accounts, YouTube hackers teach phishing, password resets, and cookie theft using the Firesheep Firefox extension. More advanced methods for cracking Facebook logins include using Code Script, Kali Linux operating system and other specific software like Keylogger.
Part 6. Hacking Wi-Fi Passwords
Wireless hotspots (Wi-Fi) allow users to connect to the Internet for free and network with other electronic devices. Although Wi-Fi hotspots are extremely popular among public internet users, cyber security specialists warn against the dangers of using such Wi-Fi networks. Using the same Wi-Fi network gives hackers easier access to other computers on the network. Tips explaining methods of hacking a computer on the same Wi-Fi network can be found on YouTube in addition to other types of hacking tutorials.
Additionally, for those who have forgotten their Wi-Fi password or would like to use the service for free, YouTube is full of Wi-Fi password hacking tutorials. Most videos promise that wireless hotspot passwords can be cracked in less than 2 minutes. The hacking videos contain tutorials on how to gain access to simple WEP keys or more complex WPA passwords. Tools used by hackers include, but are not limited to, command line, CommView, AirCrack-ng, and Reaver.
YouTube videos show that Wi-Fi passwords can be cracked not only with a computer, but also with iPhones and Android smartphones. Apps discussed on YouTube include Shark for Root, Droidsquli, WiFi Inspect, Network Spoofer, and WiFi Kill.
Section 7. Website Hacking
Accessing password-protected and poorly secured websites is a popular topic for YouTube hacking tutorials. The video sharing platform has a number of videos that can help you learn the basics of website hacking. More specific tutorials demonstrate complex attack scenarios intended for skilled hackers to improve their skills. For example, cross-site scripting attack scenario videos can teach how to run malicious scripts. Denial of system tutorials help to perform DoS (denial of service) or DDoS (distributed denial of service) attacks through MDK3.
The videos also contain cookie poisoning attacks that allow hackers to gain unauthorized information, steal identities, and change price fields when purchasing goods in online stores. Hackers who would like to learn how to write code to perform SQL injection attacks can also find useful information on YouTube.
Section 8. Hacking Online Banks and ATMs
Moscow-based Internet security software developer Kaspersky Lab has announced that the cyber threat related to online banking is growing at a rapid pace. In 2014, 2 million attempts to steal money through online banking systems were blocked. Hackers target online bank accounts and electronic payment systems through malware, phishing, fake security alerts, XSS and CSFR. After accessing a bank and infiltrating its infrastructure, hackers are able to monitor and observe bank operations and arrange to steal money.
Sophisticated schemes of such cyber crimes can be found online. In addition to free bank hacking tools and software that can be downloaded from the Internet, YouTube offers a number of online banking and ATM hacking tutorials. Although most of the videos are for educational purposes, many of them contain detailed explanations and step-by-step instructions on how to hack an online bank account or ATM. Such videos address banking security flaws, explain the evolution of hacking operations, and teach techniques for accessing online bank accounts without authorization. Tutorials demonstrating ATM hacking recommend specific software that can allow unauthorized withdrawals of large amounts of money. Such videos are available in many different languages (eg English, Russian and Arabic).
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This article discusses the seven main types of hacking tutorials publicly available on YouTube. The videos discussed provide step-by-step instructions on how to collect protected information from cameras, mobile phones and computers. In addition, it teaches would-be hackers how to break into Facebook accounts, Wi-Fi networks, websites, and banking systems.
Such hacking tutorials are usually uploaded and uploaded by two types of users, cyber security specialists and amateur hackers. A large number of hacking video tutorials posted by amateur hackers contain malicious links that can be dangerous for other YouTube users. Although YouTube’s Community Guidelines prohibit video content that contains dangerous or illegal activities, videos containing malicious links are widely available online. Reporting such videos to YouTube can help enforce the YouTube Community Guidelines.
To sum it up, free online hacking tutorials featured on YouTube can become a great tool for raising information security awareness and informing the general public about everyday cyber threats. However, such tutorials can also contribute to the growing number of cybercrimes by spreading tips for unauthorized access to vulnerable systems.
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