One of the great mysteries in security management is the modus operandi of criminal hackers. If you don't know how they can attack you, how can you protect yourself from them? Prepare to be enlightened.
This article is not intended to show you how to hack something, but rather to show how attackers can take advantage of your mistakes. This will enable you to avoid the common pitfalls that criminal hackers exploit.
Before I get started, there are several things you need to know about penetration testing. First of all, a penetration test gone wrong can have dire consequences for the stability of your network. Some of the tools used by hackers (criminal and otherwise) are designed to probe a network for vulnerabilities. Hacking tools and exploits used against a system can go wrong, destabilize a system or the entire network, or have other unintended consequences. A professional knows where to draw the line and how far she can push the network without breaking it. An amateur usually does not.