Ethical Hacking – Hands-On Training – Part I

Ethical Hacking – A Hands-On Training course for Ethical Hacking and Penetration Testing Using Kali Linux

What you will learn

Use virtualization as it applies to penetration testing.

Discover, scan, and exploit network vulnerabilities.

Demonstrate the ability to perform an entry-level penetration test.

Hack and secure wired networks

Hack secure systems using client-side and social engineering attacks

Create a virtual install of Kali Linux

Learn linux fundamentals


Course Overview

This course provides learners with a basic level of competency using a  hands-on approach to gaining practical experience as a penetration tester or an ethical hacker (white, grey, or black).

This course provides a fundamental look at offensive security concepts and techniques using a virtual install of Kali Linux and three different target victims, Windows XP, Windows 7, Server 2008, and Linux (Metesploitable2).  This course provides a 100% hands-on approach to learning to be an ethical hacker or a pentester.

How is the course structured?

The course uses short video tutorials, hands-on labs, virtualization, and open source tools for step-by-step learning of ethical hacking fundamentals; the same tools and open-source software are used by professional penetration testers and ethical hackers.

This course provides videos, labs, and links for downloading the free and open-source software used throughout this course.

You will build a virtual install of Kali Linux and Windows XP for the virtual lab environment. You should complete the first lab of this course before enrolling.  Starting with lab 2, we will begin scanning and attacking a Windows XP  victim. If the first lab cannot be completed, there is no need to enroll in the course since all labs that follow are dependent on the first lab being completed.

You will learn how intruders escalate privileges and what steps can be taken to stop them, the importance of a strong firewall, keeping systems and software updated, and the use of complex passwords.

You will also learn how to launch DDoS Attacks, Buffer Overflows, keylogging, and password hacking.  Completing the course will help prepare an individual for an entry-level position as a pen-tester or ethical hacker. On completing this course,  you will receive a course completion.

If you would like to discuss ethical hacking, watch someone else talk about technology, or write a  paper, there are plenty of other courses to choose from. However, to complete this course, students must demonstrate the fundamental concepts of offensive hacking. In other words, learners will learn something by doing.

Course Objectives

  1. Demonstrate the use of offensive security tools and techniques.
  2. Proficiency in the use of the CLI (Command Line Interface) of Linux.
  3. Use Linux as a hacking platform.

Who should take this course?

Network administrators, cybersecurity students, entry-level penetration testers, anyone who wants to be an ethical hacker, concerned parents,  concerned spouses, law enforcement, and anyone with a solid background in technology.

Who should not take this course?

Anyone who has technophobia (the fear of learning new technology).  Anyone not having a good understanding of the OSI model or the TCP/IP  suite.

What are the course requirements, Knowledge level?

  • A  good understanding of basic networking concepts, the TCPI/IP stack, how devices communicate, and basic troubleshooting of network connectivity issues.
  • How to use a computer, a mouse and a keyboard.
  • How to configure a static IP address on a Network adapter.
  • How to check for connectivity using PING, IPCONFIG, and IFCONFIG.
  • This course will not cover the OSI model, discuss IP addressing, or any basic networking concepts. However, students are expected to have these skills when they enroll.


  • PC, laptop, or desktop capable of virtualization. (Virtualization enabled BIOS).
  • A minimum of 4 GB of RAM (8 GB or more of RAM recommended).
  • Administrative access to the host operating system. (You own the machine).
  • LAN or cable connection for Internet access. (Cannot use a wireless connection).
  • High-speed internet access using a reliable Internet connection. (5MB or higher throughput).


  • Any 64-bit Windows operating system. (preferred)
  • A current 64-bit version of Mac or a Linux operating system.
  • Installation of VMWare Player (free edition) for Windows and Linux users. (Links provided in the lab).
  • Installation of Virtualbox for MAC. (Links provided in the lab).
  • Installation of 7zip (Links provided in the lab).
  • Copy of Kali ISO or Kali VMWare or Virtualbox image. (Links provided in the lab).
  • Copy of Windows XP SP2 (Links provided in the lab).
  • Copy of Server 2008 SPI 32 bit (Links provided in the lab).
  • Copy of Metesploitable2 (Links provided in the lab).




Course Overview

Start here!

Building Your Virtual Lab Enviorment

Video and lab – Creating a Virtual install of Kali using VirtualBox

Video and lab – Creating an Unattended Virtual Install of XP Using Virtualbox

Video – Troubleshooting Connectivity Issues With Virtual Machines

Optimizing Kali

Video and lab – Install Kali Linux Tools Using Katoolin

Video and Lab – Using Stacer to Optimize Kali Linux

Anonymity – Remaining Anonymous While Hacking Online

Video and Lab – Remaining Anonymous Online using TOR and Proxychains

Video and Lab – Setup a free VPN Using Kali Linux

Video and Lab – Using anonsurf on Kali Linux to Stay Anonymous

Gathering Information – Open-source intelligence (OSINT)

Video and Lab – Information Gathering Using Maltego

Video and Lab – Information Gathering Using Metagoofil


Video and Lab – Introduction to NMap

Video and lab – NMap Scripting Engine (NSE)

Video and lab – Scanning for WannaCry Ransomware

Scanning for Vulnerabilities Using NESSUS

Video and Lab – Installing NESSUS Using Docker

Video and lab – Scanning for Vulnerabilities Using Nessus

Video – Using Your Nessus Scan Results

Scanning for Vulnerabilities Using OpenVAS

Video and Lab – Installing OpenVAS Using Docker

Video and Lab – Scanning for Vulnerabilities Using OpenVAS

Exploiting Windows XP

Video and Lab- Using Metasploit to Launch a DOS Attack Against Windows XP

Video and Lab – Establishing A VNC Shell Using Meterpreter

Video and Lab – Using Meterpreter to backdoor Windows XP

Lab – Exploiting Vulnerable Applications on Windows XP SP2

Lab – Hacking Windows XP via MS11-006 Windows Shell Graphics Processing


Video and Lab – Using Netcat to Exploit Server 2008

Exploiting Linux

Video and lab – Installing Metasploitable2 Using VirtualBox

Video and lab – This is SPARTA!

Lab – Learning to Hack Linux Using Metasploitable2

Lab – Exploring Endpoint Attacks

Social Engineering

Video and Lab – Using the Social Engineering Toolkit (SET)

BASH Scripting for Pentesters

Video and Lab – Introduction to BASH Scripting

Video and Lab – Creating a BASH Script for Scanning Vulnerable Ports

Lab -Linux BASH Shell Scripting -Task Scheduling

Password Cracking

Video and Lab – Password Cracking Using Medusa

Video and Lab – Passwords Cracking Using Mimikatz

Web Based Application Attacks

Video and Lab – Installing w3af in Kali Linux Using Docker

Video and Lab – Conducting A Website Vulnerability Scan Using w3af

Video and Lab – Performing a Browser Based Attack

Video and lab – SQL Injection Attack Using SQLmap

Browser Exploitation Framework (BeEF)

Video – Configure Kali for Exploitation the WAN

Video and lab – The Browser Exploitation Framework (BeEF)

Capture the Flag Walkthrough – Mr. Robot

Lab file – Capture the Flag (CTF) – Mr. Robot

Video Walk Through -Key #1

Video Walk through – Key #2

Video Walk Through – Key #3

Capture the Flag Walkthrough – Stapler

Lab File – Walkthrough – CTF – Stapler

Video – Capture the Flag – Stapler Part 1

Video – Capture the Flag – Stapler Part 2

Video – Capture the Flag – Stapler Part 3

Bonus – Digital Forensics Case Management

Video – Attaching an External USB Divice in Kali

Video and Lab -Digital Forensics Using Autopsy Part I

Video and Lab – Digital Forensics Using Autopsy Part II

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