Learn Ethical Hacking From Scratch (Udemy.com)

This Udemy course on ethical hacking is built around 14.5 hours of video lessons. Through the course of those lessons, students are exposed to basic IT, penetration testing, and analyzing and exploiting networks, servers, websites and clients.

Created by: Zaid Sabih

Produced in 2022

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Welcome this comprehensive Ethical Hacking course! This course assumes you have NO prior knowledge in hacking and by the end of it you'll be able to hack systems like black-hat hackers and secure them like security experts!This course is highly practical but it won't neglect the theory; we'll start with ethical hacking basics, breakdown the different penetration testing fields and install the needed software (on Windows, Linux and Mac OS X), then we'll dive and start hacking straight away. From here onwards you'll learn everything by example, by analysing and exploiting different systems such as networks, servers, clients, websites .....etc, so we'll never have any boring dry theoretical lectures.The course is divided into a number of sections, each section covers a penetration testing / hacking field, in each of these sections you'll first learn how the target system works, the weaknesses of this system, and how to practically exploit theses weaknesses to hack into this system, not only that but you'll also learn how to secure systems from the discussed attacks. By the end of the course you will have a strong foundation in most hacking or penetration testing fields.The course is divided into four main sections: 1. Network Hacking - This section will teach you how to test the security of both wired & wireless networks. First, you will learn network basics, how they work, and how devices communicate with each other. Then it will branch into three sub sections: Pre-connection attacks: in this subsection you'll learn a number of attacks that can be executed without connecting to the target network, and without the need to know the network password; you'll learn how to gather information about the networks around you, discover connected devices, and control connections (deny/allow devices from connecting to networks).Gaining Access: Now that you gathered information about the networks around you, in this subsection you will learn how to crack the key and get the password to your target network weather it uses WEP, WPA or even WPA2.Post Connection attacks: Now that you have the key, you can connect to the target network, in this subsection you will learn a number of powerful techniques that allow you to gather comprehensive information about the connected devices, see anything they do on the internet (such as login information, passwords, visited urls, images, videos ....etc), redirect requests, inject evil code in loaded pages and much more! All of these attacks work against both wireless and wired networks. You will also learn how to create a fake WiFi network, attract users to connect to it and use all of the above techniques against the connected clients.2. Gaining Access - In this section you will learn two main approaches to gain full control or hack computer systems:Server Side Attacks: In this subsection you will learn how to gain full access to computer systems without user interaction. You will learn how to gather useful information about a target computer system such as its operating system, open ports, installed services, then use this information to discover weaknesses and vulnerabilities and exploit them to gain full control over the target. Finally you will learn how to automatically scan servers for vulnerabilities and generate different types of reports with your discoveries.Client Side Attacks - If the target system does not contain any weaknesses then the only way to hack it is by interacting with the users, in this subsection you'll learn how to get the target user to install a backdoor on their system without even realising, this is done by hijacking software updates or backdoornig downloadeds on the fly. This subsection also teaches you how to use social engineering to hack into secure systems, so you'll learn how to gather comprehensive information about system users such as their social accounts, friends, their mails.....etc, you'll learn how to create trojans by backdooring normal files (such as an image or a pdf) and use the gathered information to spoof emails so they appear as if they're sent from the target's friend, boss or any email account they're likely to interact with, to social engineer them into running your torjan.3. Post Exploitation - In this section you will learn how to interact with the systems you compromised so far. Youll learn how to access the file system (read/write/upload/execute), maintain your access, spy on the target (capture key strikes, turn on the webcam, take screenshots....etc) and even use the target computer as a pivot to hack other systems.4. Website / Web Application Hacking - In this section you will learn how websites work, how to gather information about a target website (such as website owner, server location, used technologies ....etc) and how to discover and exploit the following dangerous vulnerabilities to hack into websites:File Upload.Code Execution.Local File Inclusion.Remote File Inclusion.SQL Injection.Cross Site Scripting (XSS).At the end of each section you will learn how to detect, prevent and secure systems and yourself from the discussed attacks. All the techniques in this course are practical and work against real systems, you'll understand the whole mechanism of each technique first, then you'll learn how to use it to hack into the target system, so by the end of the course you'll be able to modify the these techniques to launch more powerful attacks, and adopt them to suit different situations and different scenarios.With this course you'll get 24/7 support, so if you have any questions you can post them in the Q&A section and we'll respond to you within 15 hours. Notes:This course is created for educational purposes only, all the attacks are launched in my own lab or against systems that I have permission to test.This course is totally a product of Zaid Sabih & zSecurity and no other organisation is associated with it or a certification exam. Although, you will receive a Course Completion Certification from Udemy, apart from that NO OTHER ORGANISATION IS INVOLVED.Who this course is for:Anybody interested in learning ethical hacking / penetration testingAnybody interested in learning how hackers hack computer systemsAnybody interested in learning how to secure systems from hackers



    • Every lesson is structured around a real-world example. While theory is covered, students are developing practical skills with this course.
    • Course strikes the right balance between theory and examples. Students won’t be limited to working within the space of the provided examples.
    • Supplemental information is exhaustive. While the course introduces students to the information, the supplemental resources give them the freedom to pursue mastery.
    • Course starts from a point of no computer experience. Students with IT or computer science backgrounds will be bored through the first 25 percent of the course.
    • Difficulty ramps up quickly. It goes from lessons on installing resources to penetrating secure systems within a matter of hours.
    • Course requires students to have specific wireless adapters for the lectures that cover WiFi cracking.

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Zaid Sabih

My name is Zaid Al-Quraishi, I am an ethical hacker, a computer scientist, and the founder and CEO of zSecurity. I just love hacking and breaking the rules, but don’t get me wrong as I said I am an ethical hacker. I have tremendous experience in ethical hacking, I started making video tutorials back in 2009 in an ethical hacking community (iSecuri1ty), I also worked as a pentester for the same company. In 2013 I started teaching my first course live and online, this course received amazing feedback which motivated me to publish it on Udemy. This course became the most popular and the top paid course in Udemy for almost a year, this motivated me to make more courses, now I have a number of ethical hacking courses, each focusing on a specific field, dominating the ethical hacking topic on Udemy. Now I have more than 350,000 students on Udemy and other teaching platforms such as StackSocial, StackSkills and zSecurity.



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By lokesh goyal on 11/14/2020

The course was excellent but some videos was not properly working (got lack between some videos). So I give this 4 star for a rating.

By Kieran Arul on 10/8/2020

Excellent course - great content, easy to follow, concepts very well-explained. Definitely would recommend.

By Rahul Kumar on 10/6/2020

Yes It is a good for me I have learn lots of new things in this course and thank to you to teaching this course

Zaid is amazing at what he does and how he teaches the concepts of ethical hacking. However if he could come out with a course that is more detailed into how to break out into ethical hacking that would be awesome!

it's Prathap
I would like your course it is useful for me thank you so much
after I watch this course I would like to see all your courses
Thank you

By Andrzej Korczak on 8/4/2020

While this course started off ok, it quickly became pretty apparent that a lot of the content on the course was updated.
This course is much to do with having a career in ethical hacking but a review of tools that could be useful and could work. There are better courses out there with more in depth explanations about relevant tools and how to make a career in ethical hacking.

By Anurag Simha on 7/16/2020

This course is profoundly propitious for aspiring cyber amateurs. Learn Ethical Hacking from Scratch is what conveyed. That's everything it is. This course created by Zaid Al Quraishi sir is an outspoken course recommended to anyone who is into the paradise of computer science. The key to becoming an ethical hacker is endurance and pertinacity. Now, I can insolently tell when anyone asks, "I am an ethical hacker." All this is due to the blessings of God, my parents and Zaid Al Quraishi sir. It's also a kind appeal to not maltreat this light for personal use in a morose manner. I also perceived that an ethical hacker, to be triumphant at his desire, requires eternal practice without which would head for a consequent depletion of the remembrance of hacking techniques. I wholeheartedly thank the organisation, zSecurity for clearing all my doubts. Thank you once again.
Jai Karnataka!!
Jai Kannada!!

By Paul Idos on 7/25/2020

This course is great. I will definitely recommend it to anyone who has an interest in pushing through this field. Zaid is great! I'll definitely continue the other courses recommended. :)

By Ian Arakel on 10/7/2020

This course in indeed one of the best courses I have come across.
The explanation was way above my expectations.
Do not forget to subscribe to to the YouTube channel of ZSecurity.
Zaid is an amazing instructor.
Also a special thanks to all the teaching assistants: Diego (You Rock Man), Dimitris, Kunal and Vashisht who ensured that doubts are handled very well...
An advice for the students: Please check the upvoted questions in each lecture before you post a new question. Most of the queries are repetitive.
Zaid: Once again, Thanks a ton.. I request you to do a course on CEHv10 certification and also put some questionnaires between lectures as a quick refresh to our knowledge.
Hope you take this feedback...

By Ryan Fox on 9/22/2020

Zaid rules. And the support is great! I used to teach drum lessons and Zaid goes above and beyond as a teacher. Quick and concise lessons with great visuals for understanding the concepts. I bought more courses. Hopefully they are as good!

By Anandraj on 9/5/2020

yes, it is a good match for me. actually, it is quite good learning all the cool stuffs from a genius teacher like Zaid!

Muy buena informacin sobre las tcnicas de hacking. El nico problema es que algunas de las herramientas o mtodos de hacking ya van quedando obsoletos, por lo que es necesario mantener este tipo de curso actualizados.