A hacker is a person who pursues and exploits the weakness of a network computing or computer system to gain unauthorized access to data. They may be motivated by multiple reasons such as challenge, protest, enjoyment, profit, or assessing the weaknesses to help removing them. Hacking is a very complex task that requires high level of skill and expertise. There are many operating systems that can be used for hacking. But the same question arises again. Which operating system is the best? So today we have a list of top 5 operating systems that professional hackers use. And as all the listed OS are based on Linux kernel, they are free.
- Kali Linux
The first operating system on our list is Kali Linus. It is maintained and funded by Offensive Security Limited. Kali Linux comes with over 300 penetration testing programs preinstalled, which includes Armitage (Graphical Cyber Attack Management Tool), Wireshark (Packet Analyzer), OWASP ZAP (Web Application Security Scanner), Burp Suite, and NMAP (Port Scanner). It supports keyboard HID, one click configurations MANA Evil access point, Wirepoint 802.11 frame injection, and is capable of attacking MITM USB Mala.
- Parrot Security OS
Parrot Security OS is a Debian based LINUX/GNU distribution, developed by Frozenbox Team, designed for vulnerability assessment, computer forensics, mitigation, penetration testing, and anonymous web browsing. The desktop version of Parrot Security is MATE fork of Gnome 2. It can run of machines with minimum 256 MB RAM and is suitable for both 32-bit and 64-bit (both amd64). Moreover, it is accessible for armhf and Armel architectures. It also offers an edition that is developed for only servers for pen testing cloud.
- Back Box
It is an Ubuntu-based penetration test and security assessment oriented Linux distribution. Back Box provides a networking and informatics system analysis tool kit. It includes an ample set of tools required for security testing and ethical hacking. It includes a few of the most used Linux tools, aiming for wide spread goals. which ranges from network analysis to web application analysis, from sniffing to stress tests, also including exploitation, computer forensic analysis, and vulnerability assessment.
- DEFT Linux
DEFT (Digital Evidence and Forensic Toolkit) operating system is a distribution of Linux open source software, based on Ubutu OS, built around DART. It has been designed to offer some of the finest computer forensics incident response and open source tools that can be used by police, military, investigators, IT auditors, and other individuals.
- Live Hacking OS
Live Hacking is a Linux distribution packed with utilities and tools for countermeasure verification, penetration testing, and ethical hacking. It also includes rooted GUI GNOME users. There is also a second variation of the OS which requires fewer hardware requirements and command line only.
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