So, today I was browsing through my posts and realized that I had never made an introduction on 0x00sec! In light of the influx of new members, I figured that I would change that today. (Some things will seem a bit thrown around and disorganized because I'm writing in a personal context, which I don't do too often. Sorry in advance! )
Who are you?
I'm an 18 year old High school student that races, games, and hacks. I also do a bit of security research on the side when I'm in between projects and bored out of my mind.
I am self-taught in network administration/security, system administration (Linux and Windows), penetration testing, cyber warfare action/prevention, minimal reverse engineering, and computer programming. I can build computers, servers (Linux and Windows), and firewalls (PF Sense), as well as VM workstations (VMware esxi). I also have knowledge about a rather large amount of Operating systems. You should see how many discs I have rofl . If you want to know about an OS, hit me up. Chances are, I've used it. In fact, I used to have a series on here for doing OS reviews. I may start that up again sometime if enough people would like to see more of it.
EDIT: I'm also a HUGE advocate for social engineering, and I love doing it. There's nothing that's more vulnerable than the human that's operating the target.
Can you program? If yes, what languages?
I can, although I normally just do it for system automation or things such as ricing.
I'm rather knowledgeable in batch & bash scripting, I know HTML, and I'm currently on the path to relearning python after not practicing it for so long, which by the way, was a big mistake. Once you learn a language, you need to keep at it if even that means you spend 30 minutes out of a day in the week to do so. I'm fluent in a large amount of dotfiles for ricing a linux system lol.
How'd you find us?
I've been around since the NullByte days. Just haven't been all that active until recently.
How long have you been interested in computers/infosec?
Well, for this one, I've got a story for you.
It all started when I was a youngin. My parents were hardcore computer gamers (not so anymore because real life happened), playing WoW and EverQuest whenever they had the chance. I started out on an N64. Eventually, my parents had bought me my own Win98 PC that they wouldn't connect to the Internet when I was around 3 or 4. (Ah, the AOL and Dialup days...haha. We never got REAL internet (like what we have today) until I was around 6 or 7 I think. I would always try to figure out how things worked. For example, I broke my CD drive and ended up fixing it somehow.
Fast forward a few years, parents split up, mom married a new guy, and I hadn't had much interaction with technology throughout those years. When I was around 11, my parents got a new windows 7 computer. I had asked them If I could have their old win XP PC and they said sure. I ended up learning HTML, Batch, and how to build, fix, and manage windows PCs on that old box. Also tried to get into the hacking field with it, but much to my demise, I didn't even know that there were other operating systems other than Windows. Afterwards, I tried getting into making games. GBA programming (That didn't go good at all for me), and editing n64 ROMs of my favorite games. It was fun for a while, until I realized that it wasn't really for me.
Now, I was 12, and my grandma bought me a laptop for christmas. It was cool, I used it for batch and some other things (think teenage guy. rofl), but eventually I ventured back into the "hackiverse" lol. Learned about different Operating systems and decided to try out Debian Linux. <3 it was superior to all other OSs once I "learned how to linux" so to speak haha. That took me about a year to do.
Next Christmas (13 now) I was presented with a gaming rig which was a big deal to me because of the monetary predicament we were in. It was a prebuilt (Pentium with 8GB of ram and a 1TB HDD), but still. It meant the world to me. I did nothing but sat around and gamed on it for about half the year. Once I had gotten bored with gaming, I decided to pick up hacking again. I ended up installing Backtrack on my old Dell Inspiron, and eventually upgraded it to kali. (I don't remember when I upgraded it rofl) I started to learn how to use some of the tools within BT and Kali, but I was nowhere near being able to hack something with that old thing.
Nowadays, I've got a new gaming rig that I built, running with 3 HDDs. Kali and debian are Dual Boot on a 1tb drive, Windows on a second drive, and files that I transfer between the two are on a third drive. Plus there's my firewall and hacking lab box. Been learning almost every day since I was 13, and now I'm here lol.
Sorry if it was too long for you!! I'm not used to "personal" writing haha.
Tl;Dr: Always been interested, finally achieved the means to progress my knowledge without holding back at age 13. Been learning ever since.
Side Note: My username came from my airsoft callsign when I was a skidd. Used it for a bit after I quit NullByte, and I guess it just stuck rofl.