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Table of Contents

Learning the Skills

Name Description
Free interactive labs with White Hat Academy 32 labs, easy account sign in with CodeGayHub credentials
Learning Exploitation with Offensive Computer Security 2.0 blog-style instruction, includes: slides, videos, homework, discussion. No login required.
Cybrary coursera style website, lots of user-contributed content, account required, content can be filtered by experience level
OffensiveComputerSecurity academic content, full semester course including 27 lecture videos with slides and assign readings
CS 642: Intro to Computer Security academic content, full semester course, includes assigned readings, homework and CodeGayHub refs for exploit examples. NO VIDEO LECTURES.
Free cyber security training Academic content, 8 full courses with videos from a quirky instructor sam, links to research, defcon materials and other recommended training/learning
SecurityTube tube-styled content, "megaprimer" videos covering various topics, no readable content on site.
Seed Labs academic content, well organized, featuring lab videos, tasks, needed code files, and recommended readings
Hak5 podcast-style videos covering various topics, has a forum, "metasploit-minute" video series could be useful
OWASP top 10 web security risks free courseware, requires account
MIT OCW 6.858 Computer Systems Security academic content, well organized, full-semester course, includes assigned readings, lectures, videos, required lab files.

YouTube Channels

Name Description
OWASP see OWASP above
Hak5 see Hak5 above
BlackHat features talks from the BlackHat conferences around the world
Christiaan008 hosts a variety of videos on various security topics, disorganized
0patch by ACROS Security few videos, very short, specific to 0patch
Detectify very short videos, aimed at showing how to use Detictify scanner
Kaspersky Lab lots of Kaspersky promos, some hidden cybersecurity gems
Metasploit collection of medium length metasploit demos, ~25minutes each, instructional
OpenNSM network analysis, lots of TCPDUMP videos, instructional,
Rapid7 brief videos, promotional/instructional, ~ 5 minutes
Securelist brief videos, interviews discussing various cyber security topics
Segment Security promo videos, non-instructional
SocialEngineerOrg podcast-style, instructional, lengthy content ~1 hr each
Sonatype lots of random videos, a good cluster of DevOps related content, large range of lengths, disorganized
SophosLabs lots of brief, news-style content, "7 Deadly IT Sins" segment is of note
Sourcefire lots of brief videos covering topics like botnets, DDoS ~5 minutes each
Station X handful of brief videos, disorganized, unscheduled content updates
Synack random, news-style videos, disorganized, non-instructional
TippingPoint Zero Day Initiative very brief videos ~30 sec, somewhat instructional
Tripwire, Inc. some tripwire demos, and random news-style videos, non-instructional
Vincent Yiu handful of videos from a single hacker, instructional
nVisium Some nVisum promos, a handful of instructional series on Rails vulns and web hacking
ntop network monitoring, packet analysis, instructional
44contv information security con based in London, lengthy instructional videos
BruCON Security Conference security and hacker conference based in b\Belgium, lots of lengthy instructinoal videos
BSides Manchester security and hacker con based in Mancheseter, lots of lengthy videos
BSidesAugusta security con based in Augusta, Georgia, lots of lengthy instructional videos
CarolinaCon security con based in North Carolina, associated with various 2600 chapters, lots of lengthy instructional content
Cort Johnson a handful of lengthy con-style talks from Hack Secure Opensec 2017
DevSecCon lenghty con videos covering DevSecOps, making software more secure
Garage4Hackers - Information Security a handful of lengthy videos, About section lacks description
HACKADAY lots of random tech content, not strictly infosec, some instructional
Hack In The Box Security Conference lengthy con-style instructional talks from an international security con
Hack in Paris security con based in paris, features lots of instructional talks, slides can be difficult to see.
Hacklu lots of lengthy con-style instructional videos
Hacktivity lots of lengthy con-style instructional videos from a con in central/eastern europe
Hardwear.io handful of lengthy con-style video, emphasis on hardware hacks
IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy content from the symposium; IEEE is a professional association based in the us, they also publish various journals
LASCON lengthy con-style talks from an OWASP con held in Austin, TX
Marcus Niemietz lots of instructional content, associated with HACKPRA, an offensive security course from an institute in Germany
Media.ccc.de The real official channel of the chaos computer club, operated by the CCC VOC - tons of lengthy con-style vids
NorthSec lengthy con-style talks from an applied security conference in Canada
Pancake Nopcode channel of Radare2 whiz Sergi "pancake" Alvarez, Reverse Engineering Content
Psiinon medium length instructional videos, for the OWASP Zed Attack Proxy
SJSU Infosec handful of lengthy instructional videos from San Jose State university Infosec
Secappdev.org tons of lengthy instructional lectures on Secure App Development
Security Fest medium length con-style talks from a security festival in Sweden
SecurityTubeCons an assortment of con-style talks from various cons including BlackHat and Shmoocon
ToorCon handful of medium length con videos from con based in San Diego, CA
USENIX Enigma Conference medium length "round table discussion with leading experts", content starts in 2016
Corey Nachreiner security newsbites, 2.7K subscribers, 2-3 videos a week, no set schedule
Error 404 Cyber News short screen-shot videos with loud metal, no dialog, bi-weekly
Latest Hacking News 10K followers, medium length screenshot videos, no recent releases
Pentester Academy TV lots of brief videos, very regular posting, up to +8 a week
SecureNinjaTV brief news bites, irregular posting, 18K followers
Troy Hunt lone youtuber, medium length news videos, 16K followers, regular content
Samy Kamkar's Applied Hacking brief to medium length instructional vids from the creator of PoisonTap for the Raspberry Pi Zero, no recent content, last updated in 2016
danooct1 lots of brief screenshot, how-to vids regarding malware, regular content updates, 186K followerss
DedSec lots of brief screenshot how-to vids based in Kali, no recent posts.
DEFCON Conference lots of lengthy con-style vids from the iconical DEFCON
DemmSec lots of pen testing vids, somewhat irregular uploads, 44K followers
Don Does 30 amateur pen-tester posting lots of brief screenshot vids regularly, 9K Followers
Geeks Fort - KIF lots of brief screenshot vids, no recent posts
iExplo1t lots of screenshot vids aimed at novices, 5.7K Followers, no recent posts
HACKING TUTORIALS handful of brief screenshot vids, no recent posts.
LiveOverflow Lots of brief-to-medium isntructional vids, covering things like buffer overflwos and exploit writing, regular posts.
Metasploitation lots of screenshot vids, little to no dialogue, all about using Metasploit, no recent vids.
NetSecNow channel of pentesteruniversity.org, seems to post once a month, screenshot instructional vids
Open SecurityTraining lots of lengthy lecture-style vids, no recent posts, but quality info.
BalCCon - Balkan Computer Congress Long con-style talks from the Balkan Computer Congress, doesn't update regularly
Penetration Testing in Linux DELETE
rwbnetsec lots of medium length instructional videos covering tools from Kali 2.0, no recent posts.
Security Weekly regular updates, lengthy podcst-style interview with industry pros
Seytonic variety of DIY hacking tutorials, hardware hacks, regular updates
Shozab Haxor lots of screenshot style instructional vids, regular updates, windows CLI tutorial
SSTec Tutorials lots of brief screenshot vids, regular updates
Waleed Jutt lots of brief screenshot vids covering web security and game programming
webpwnized lots of brief screenshot vids, some CTF walkthroughs
JackkTutorials lots of medium length instructional vids with some AskMe vids from the youtuber
Zer0Mem0ry lots of brief c++ security videos, programming intensive
LionSec lots of brief screenshot instructional vids, no dialog
Adrian Crenshaw lots of lengthy con0style talks
HackerSploit regular posts, medium length screenshot vids, with dialog
Derek Rook - CTF/Boot2root/wargames Walkthrough lots of lengthy screenshot instructional vids, with

Sharpening Your Skills

Name Description
OWASP Security Shepherd BROKEN AS OF 11/6
CTFLearn an account-based ctf site, where users can go in and solve a range of challenges
CTFs write-ups a collection of writeups from various CTFs, organized by
CTF365 account based ctf site, awarded by Kaspersky, MIT, T-Mobile
Pentestit acocunt based CTF site, users have to install open VPN and get credentials
Hacksplaining a clickthrough security informational site, very good for beginners.
The cryptopals crypto challenges A bunch of CTF challenges, all focused on cryptography.
The enigma group web application security training, account based, video tutorials
Ringzer0 Team an account based CTF site, hosting over 272 challenges
Hack The Box Pen testing labs hosting over 39 vulnerable machines with two additional added every month
Over the wire A CTF that's based on progressive levels for each lab, the users SSH in, no account recquired
Backdoor pen testing labs that have a space for beginners, a practice arena and various competitions, account required
Vulnhub site hosts a ton of different vulnerable Virtual Machine images, download and get hacking
Hack.me lets you build/host/attack vulnerable web apps
Hack this site! an oldy but goodie, account required, users start at low levels and progress in difficulty
Exploit exercises hosts 5 fulnerable virtual machines for you to attack, no account required
PentesterLab hosts a variety of exercises as well as various "bootcamps" focused on specific activities
SmashTheStack hosts various challenges, similar to OverTheWire, users must SSH into the machines and progress in levels
PicoCTF CTF hosted by Carnegie Mellon, occurs yearly, account required.
Shellter Labs account based infosec labs, they aim at making these activities social
Pentest Practice account based Pentest practice, free to sign up, but there's also a pay-as-you-go feature
Pentest.training lots of various labs/VMS for you to try and hack, registry is optional.
pwnable.kr Don't let the cartoon characters fool you, this is a serious CTF site that will teach you a lot, account required
pwnable.tw hosts 27 challenges accompanied with writeups, account required
hackburger.ee hosts a number of web hacking challenges, account required
http://noe.systems/ Korean challenge site, requires an account
Hacker Gateway ctfs covering steganography, cryptography, and web challengs, account required
Solve Me "yet another challenge", account required.
Challenge Land Ctf site with a twist, no simple sign-up, you have to solve a challengeto even get that far!
Participating Challenge Sites aims at creating a universal ranking for CTF participants
Hacker test similar to "hackthissite", no account required.
Crackmes.de Archive (2011-2015) a reverse engineering information Repo, started in 2003
ROP Emporium Return Oriented Programming challenges
Google's XSS game XSS challenges, an dpotentially a chance to get paid!

Reverse Engineering, Buffer Overflow and Exploit Development

Name Description
Shell storm Blog style collection with organized info about Rev. Engineering.
Buffer Overflow Exploitation Megaprimer for Linux Collection of Linux Rev. Engineering videos
Reverse Engineering Malware 101 intro course created by Malware Unicorn, complete with material and two VM's
Reverse Engineering Malware 102 the sequel to RE102
Modern Binary Exploitation - CSCI 4968 RE challenges, you can download the files or download the VM created by RPISEC specifically for challenges, also links to their home page with tons of infosec lectures
Introductory Intel x86 63 days of OS class materials, 29 classes, 24 instructors, no account required
Binary hacking 35 "no bullshit" binary videos along with other info
Shellcode Injection a blog entry from a grad student at SDS Labs
Reverse Engineering for Beginners huge OS textbook, created by Dennis Yurichev
Exploit tutorials a series of 9 exploit tutorials,also features a podcast
Exploit development links to the forum's exploit dev posts, quality and post style will vary with each poster
flAWS challenge Through a series of levels you'll learn about common mistakes and gotchas when using Amazon Web Services (AWS).
Corelan tutorials detailed tutorial, lots of good information about memory
Reverse engineering reading list a CodeGayHub collection of RE tools and books
Reverse Engineering challenges collection of challenges from the writer of RE for Beginners
Reverse Engineering for beginners (CodeGayHub project) CodeGayHub for the above
reversing.kr challenges reverse engineering challenges varying in difficulty
Analysis and exploitation (unprivileged) huge collection of RE information, organized by type.
A Course on Intermediate Level Linux Exploitation as the title says, this course isn't for beginners
Lena's Reversing for Newbies (Complete) listing of a lengthy resource by Lena, aimed at being a course
Megabeets journey into Radare2 one user's radare2 tutorials
Introduction to ARM Assembly Basics tons of tutorials from infosec pro Azeria, follow her on twitter
Linux (x86) Exploit Development Series blog post by sploitfun, has 3 different levels

Privilege Escalation

Name Description
Reach the root discusses a process for linux privilege exploitation
Basic linux privilege escalation basic linux exploitation, also covers Windows
Windows Privilege Escalation collection of wiki pages covering Windows Privilege escalation
Privilege escalation for Windows and Linux covers a couple different exploits for Windows and Linux
Windows Privilege Escalation Fundamentals collection of great info/tutorials, option to contribute to the creator through patreon, creator is an OSCP
RootHelper a tool that runs various enumeration scripts to check for privilege escalation
Windows exploits, mostly precompiled. precompiled windows exploits, could be useful for reverse engineering too
Unix privesc checker a script that checks for PE vulnerabilities on a system
Privilege escalation linux with live example covers a couple common PE methods in linux
Windows privilege escalation checker a list of topics that link to pentestlab.blog, all related to windows privilege escalation
Linux Privilege Escalation Scripts a list of PE checking scripts, some may have already been covered
AutoLocalPrivilegeEscalation automated scripts that downloads and compiles from exploitdb
Linux Privilege Escalation Check Script a simple linux PE check script
Local Linux Enumeration & Privilege Escalation Cheatsheet good resources that could be compiled into a script
4 Ways get linux privilege escalation shows different examples of PE

Malware Analysis

Name Description
Malware traffic analysis list of traffic analysis exercises
Malware Analysis - CSCI 4976 another class from the folks at RPISEC, quality content

Network Scanning / Reconnaissance

Name Description
Foot Printing with WhoIS/DNS records a white paper from SANS
Google Dorks/Google Hacking list of commands for google hacks, unleash the power of the world's biggest search engine

Vulnerable Web Application

Name Description
OWASP Hackademic Challenges project web hacking challenges
bWAPP common buggy web app for hacking, great for beginners, lots of documentation
Damn Vulnerable Web Application (DVWA) PHP/MySQL web app for testing skills and tools
WebGoat: A deliberately insecure Web Application maintained by OWASP and designed to to teach web app security
OWASP Mutillidae II another OWASP vulnerable app, lots of documentation.
OWASP Broken Web Applications Project hosts a collection of broken web apps
Damn Small Vulnerable Web written in less than 100 lines of code, this web app has tons of vulns, great for teaching
OWASP Juice Shop covers the OWASP top 10 vulns
Google Gruyere host of challenges on this cheesy web app

Vulnerable OS

Name Description
Metasploitable2 (Linux) vulnerable OS, great for practicing hacking
Metasploitable3 [Installation] the third installation of this vulnerable OS
Vulnhub collection of tons of different vulnerable OS and challenges
General Test Environment Guidance white paper from the pros at rapid7

Linux Penetration Testing OS

Name Description
BackBox open source community project, promoting security in IT enivornments
BlackArch Arch Linux based pentesting distro, compatible with Arch installs
Kali the infamous pentesting distro from the folks at Offensive Security
LionSec Linux pentesting OS based on Ubuntu
Parrot Debian includes full portable lab for security, DFIR, and development
Bugtraq advanced GNU Linux pen-testing technology
Android Tamer Android Tamer is a Virtual / Live Platform for Android Security professionals.


Name Description
Exploit Database database of a wide variety exploits, CVE compliant archive
CXsecurity Indie cybersecurity info managed by 1 person
0day.today Easy to navigate database of exploits
Snyk Vulnerability DB detailed info and remediation guidance for known vulns, also allows you to test your code


Name Description
Greysec hacking and security forum
Hackforums posting webstite for hacks/exploits/various discussion
0x00sec hacker, malware, computer engineering, Reverse engineering
Antichat russian based forum
EAST Exploit database exploit DB for commercial exploits written for EAST Pentest Framework

Archived Security Conference Videos

Name Description
InfoCon.org hosts data from hundreds of cons
Irongeek Website of Adrien Crenshaw, hosts a ton of info.

Online Communities

Name Description
Hack+ link requires telegram to be used
MPGH community of MultiPlayerGameHacking
Hacktoday requires an account, covering all kinds of hacking topics

Online News Sources

Name Description
Recent Hash Leaks great place to lookup hashes
InfoSec covers all the latest infosec topics
Threatpost covers all the latest threats and breaches
Security Intell covers all kinds of news, great intelligence resources
The Hacker News features a daily stream of hack news, also has an app