Top 5 Linux distributions for ethical hackers

Hacking and security penetration, by nature, require an in-depth understanding of the systems and platforms you’re infiltrating. And whether you plan to do some ethical hacking on your own time, or you work for an Information Security team tasked with beefing up the protection of an organisation, the outcome is the same.

You need to have quite a lot of knowledge to build upon, and that means working directly with some of the most secure – and insecure – software around. Wouldn’t you know it — there is a variety of Linux distributions perfect for ethical hacking, security audits and penetration testing. If you know where to look, the distros can help you develop the skills and experience needed to make a living as an ethical hacker. Linux offers full control, flexibility, added power and customisation.

The key element there being, of course, that you know where to look. To help, we’ve put together a list of some of the best Linux distributions for ethical hackers, security analysts and IT professionals.

Parrot Security OS

If you’re a fan of Debian, then you’ll feel right at home with the Parrot Security OS. It is both cloud-friendly and versatile, which is unique to this type of software. But what makes Parrot Security OS so valuable to hackers is the suite of computer forensics, cryptography, ethical hacking and pen testing tools bundled within. At its core, the platform is a healthy mix of Frozenbox OS and Kali Linux, with more of an emphasis on cybersecurity and its resulting data, obviously.

As you’d expect from a Linux distro, it’s highly customisable. You can not only tailor the system to your liking but also change its appearance, tools and core components as well. More importantly, there is an incredibly active community behind the distro that you can turn to for help. It’s perfect for software development and wireless (air-based) security testing.

If you don’t have a strong backbone in computer forensics, IT, and security, then you might want to look elsewhere, however. Parrot Security OS is a bit more on the advanced side and requires existing knowledge and skills to utilise.

Kali Linux

Often lauded as one of the best and most coveted operating systems for hacking purposes, Kali Linux is developed and maintained by Offensive Security. They designed the OS as a rewrite of BackTrack, but if that makes little sense to you don’t fret. All you need to know is that it has a strong backbone in security and computer forensics.

Kali is Debian-based, a lot like Parrot Security, but the biggest difference is it is both minimalistic in appearance and much more functional. Out of the box, you have access to over 500 pen testing tools and apps. They are also incredibly flexible and open for further development and enhancements if you want to get your hands dirty.

Of particular note, the tools with Kali Linux tap into platforms like ARM and VMware that you might need or want direct experience with — especially when it comes to security and network penetration. So many professional and commercial suites rely on platforms like this. Therefore, it is a good place to start if you’re jumping into that side of the cybersecurity market.

All in all, Kali Linux is an ideal place to buff up your knowledge and skills and test out existing software and apps that you’re working on.

DEFT Linux

DEFT is an open-source Linux distro built upon Ubuntu, and its interface looks a lot like its brethren. The acronym stands for Digital Evidence and Forensic Toolkit, which is quite fitting.

Like many of the other distros here, DEFT comes bundled with a wide variety of forensics tools and documents or guides that ethical hackers and penetration testers can reference. The guides bundled within are helpful and informative for anyone looking to learn the ins and outs of the system. Once you know how to work with Linux regarding security and penetration, you can work with nearly any OS, including Windows and OS X.

DEFT is available as a live CD, and in early February, the dev team launched a stable version of the latest iteration, called DEFT Zero. It is a redesigned and super lightweight extension of DEFT that is specialised for forensic acquisition and the analysis of digital evidence. It does make use of the LXDE desktop environment and WINE, which allows you to execute and reference Windows tools in Linux.

As you can guess, the DEFT development team focuses on providing useful support to Law Enforcement and related agencies.


Caine is an Ubuntu-based distribution and is currently available as a live disk. Similar to BlackArch, it comes bundled with a huge selection of tools to aid in computer forensics and security analysis. Some of those tools include memory auditors, digital forensics, database analysers and network analysis apps.

The name Caine stands for Computer Aided Investigation Environment. The distro can be run as a portable OS, directly from a bootable USB drive that makes running and deploying the system super convenient.

The community, documentation and resources are not as expanded as some of the other distros discussed here. Nevertheless, Caine is an incredibly useful system for ethical hackers.

BlackArch Linux

BlackArch Linux is another great Linux distro for security researchers, analysts and ethical hackers. It includes just about everything you’d ever need and then some. The distribution is based on the Arch Linux Foundation but has some added spice too. Plus, you can install from over 1,800 BlackArch Linux security tools, all thoroughly tested and updated from a central codebase.

Every day the distro continues to grow, with more tools, more features and more hacking purposes. The system has been designed from the ground up with penetration testers and security researchers in mind. Furthermore, the live ISO comes bundled with a variety of window managers, which are convenient for security penetration and analysis.

Documentation is extensive and available in languages from English to Turkish. BlackArch has a diverse community of developers, as well, that offer some of the best support you’ll find. That’s not an exaggeration either, reach out via the community forums, and you’ll have a response within minutes.

All revisions are pushed via GitHub, as you’d expect, from an open source operating system such as this.

Ethical hackers have plenty of options when it comes to Linux Distributions. If you want one of the best, take a look at these five quality distros.

Linux kernel 4.14 LTS reaches public testing stage

Linus Torvalds has officially kickstarted the development for Linux 4.14 kernel series. To begin the action, the first release candidate (RC) build of the upcoming Linux kernel is now available for public testing.

Torvalds released the final version of Linux kernel 4.13 last week. The most stable and advanced kernel series will be adopted by most Linux distros. Linux 4.14, on the other hand, is set to be debuted as the next LTS (long-term supported) kernel series. It is expected to be live by early November. In the meantime, the first development snapshot is available in a nascent stage.

Linux kernel 4.14 LTS brings an array of improvements. There are various updates to drivers, architecture updates and new documentation. The filesystems, core networking tools are improved as well. “Things don’t look bad, but I hate it when I find issues during the merge window. Admittedly, some of it was simply because we had some unusual activity,” writes Torvalds in a mailing list announcement.

If all the releases are pushed as per the schedule, we can expect the final release of Linux kernel 4.14 LTS by early November. You can download the source tarsal of Linux 4.14 RC1 from the website.

Work Smarter Using Smart Desk 3-World First AI Standing desk

The days are gone when you used to sit on the floor, holding your desktop or laptop while you peck away at the keyboard. Now you can work smarter using the SmartDesk 3.

The new SmartDesk 3 the world most powerful AI influenced standing desk. It is designed to predict your needs. The SmartDesk 3 is the first desk in the world that allows you to work smartly by taking care of your needs. It can order lunch, call an Uber, and will even rise to the occasion automatically if you need to stand up to work.

The SmartDesk is a motorized desk that can raise or lower the working surface if you are in a standing or sitting position. It is influenced by two linear actuators and a dual-motor design that can raise the desktop from 24 inches to 50 inches in the height. It can raise up to 300 pounds at 2.3 inches per second.

But the brain behind the SmartDesk 3 resides within an embedded touchscreen tablet. It resides toward the left edge of the Desktop. It is tilted on the surface by 25 degrees so all you need to do is at the glance at the screen instead of angling your head.

The integrated tablet is encouraged by the company’s proprietary Autonomous OS platform, which was written in GO and Python. It supports Google Suite and features a virtual assistant that will learn all working habit within a week.

The Artificial Intelligence will also recommend times to eat. Autonomous OS supports a website named It is an online platform for ordering food, alcohol, groceries and having your clothes dry-cleaned. This is an appropriate way of getting lunch without having to leave the desk.

The desk syncs with all Google Calendar, therefore, it knows all appointments, birthdays, and more that are related to that specific calendar. The AI even uses Google Calendar to schedule time for you to recharge.

Atom text editor is getting converted into Atom IDE

Atom, the popular text editor for developers, is getting converted into a full-fledged development environment. GitHub has already initiated the process by launching an optional features package with Facebook called Atom IDE.

The first release of Atom IDE, which is basically Atom 1.21, includes packages for go to definition, ability to find all references, warnings, document formatting, an outline view, hover-to-reveal information and smarter context-aware auto-completion. Additionally, GitHub is using existing language servers for particular languages to include a majority of features and bring common helper tools like downloading support files and conversions.

GitHub’s development team has provided integrated packages for TypeScript, JavaScript, Flow, PHP and C# that come within the new Atom release. This comes through language servers that help the team analyse the listed programming languages and platforms. Furthermore, Atom has provided a language client NPM library that makes it easier for developers to compile their own Atom IDE packages.

The new development also includes the first version of Filesystem Watcher API that comes with the Git integration and Language Server support.

You can get started with the half-baked Atom IDE by bringing up Atom’s install package dialogue. Moreover, you need to install the atom-ide-ui package to activate IDE UI and install necessary language support.

Obvious decision

Looking at the massive user base of Atom, it seems to be an obvious decision for GitHub to convert it into an IDE. This new development would make competition tougher for other text editors, including Vim and Notepad++.

Unity 3D: Propelling mobile game development like never before

The advancement of technology enhances the use of mobile phones over desktop applications. As per some recent quarterly reports generated by Global Games Market, rates of the revenues increased with the growing number of active gaming users. Almost 90 percent of the global mobile app development market accounts revenues from mobile games. Future predictions reveal that mobile gaming will represent more than half of the total gaming market in the near future.

Uniting gaming lovers worldwide

Various online tools and engines are available globally considering the rise in the use of the mobile games. But several game developers employ Unity 3D. It is available for all platforms, including Windows, Mac and Android, and works on all devices, irrespective of tablets, smartphones and PCs.

New concepts entering the market like Virtual Reality (VR), graphics and animations, 2D and 3D games have attracted the users to join the Unity league. Also, the platform provides a better UI experience in comparison to its other rivals in the mobile game development market.

Why to choose Unity?

Unity is considered to be a fancy game engine targeting over twenty-seven platforms like Google Cardboard, Android, VR, Microsoft, iOS, Windows and Mac among others. To create amazing graphics in their console, PC, Android, Windows, web-based and iOS games, more than 1.5 million developers use the tool. The reason behind the large adoption is the support for both 2D and 3D graphics.

Features of Unity:

• Works as a cross-platform engine
• Supports simple drag and drop functionality
• Better UI functionalities
• It uses UnityScript — scripting language similar to JavaScript
• Provides extensive services to developers – certifications, ads, analytics, multiplayer and cloud build
• Allows specification of resolution settings and texture compression for all supporting platforms
• Supports low-level APIs on Windows, Mac, Android and Xbox One
• Capable of developing high-end video games as well as console gaming applications

With such great features and wide support, mobile game developers and companies prefer Unity to other gaming engines.

Popularity, features and benefits

Developers prefer Unity as it provides a comprehensive set of documentation and gives insights on how to start a simple cross-platform gaming app. Create an account on GitHub and search for similar games you are planning to develop. There you can understand the workflow and clone them in your repositories to modify them with new features and functionalities.

The engine uses C# scripting, and developing mobile games with Unity requires a different level skill set than building normal games. Game development companies and game developers make sure that have a proper workflow defined for creating games for mobile devices. Every minute detail matters while working on 2D or 3D graphics, animations and UI.

Unity has powerful editor features which help entry-level developers in customising workflow, extending the editor itself and integrate other APIs and tools. The newer versions now provide higher extensibility and effective services.

Potential to grow your business

Do you know the highly popular Temple Run trilogy is built on Unity? The rich UI experiences and customisations, amazing animations and graphics, speed and space optimisations, better sound quality and navigation.

With every new update, developers behind Temple Run make sure they get their number game bigger, better and stronger, engaging more number of online gaming users. All this makes the game rules among the top 10 positions when it comes to titles developed using Unity.

Mobile app development companies in the gaming sphere have leveraged Unity time and again for developing highly interactive games with exceptional capabilities, gameplay, seamless graphics, and interesting navigation. It is essential to understand that mobile game development with Unity is perfect for an innovative gamer, who is keen to leverage their skills to deliver the best games on the app stores.

Being more than a gaming engine, Unity delivers everything game developers and companies want to ongoing success in the developing innovative mobile games’ business. “Build once and deploy anywhere” – concept engages the majority of the developers’ crowd. It helps to develop quality content, grow any company’s business effectively and provides continuous support to its valuable customers and developers.

Android’s September 2017 update fixes over 80 security issues

Google has released the September 2017 security update for its Android platform. The latest monthly patch fixes over 80 vulnerabilities that exist in the recent Android Open Source Project (AOSP) versions.

The September 2017 patch brings two level strings; the first level string fixes 30 vulnerabilities. Google has flagged 10 of them as critical, whereas the another 15 as high-security threats. The second level string, on the other hand, fixes a part of the first one. The first string is labeled as 2017-09-01, while the second one is named as 2017-09-05.

Google has confirmed that the vulnerabilities fixed in these two strings affecting a majority of Android versions, including Android Oreo. The most severe vulnerability fixed in the update is a remote code execution flaw. The vulnerability could let an attacker execute arbitrary code on an unmatched device using crafted files. The issue exists in all Android versions including the latest Oreo version. The company has fixed issues affecting Broadcom components with malicious WiFi driver signatures.

There are few critical fixes to the kernel and MediaTek patches for supported devices. Similarly, the update has patches for Wi-Fi, GPU and audio drivers powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon chipsets.

Google has immediately released the security patches to its flagship Nexus and Pixel models. Users of third-party manufacturers will have to wait until the manufacturer compiles an update for their device. The update notable comes in two independent strings to make it easier for Android partner manufacturers to fix a subset of vulnerabilities affecting their device range.


Spanish data watchdog Fined Facebook with 1.2 M Euros for Breaking Rules

Facebook has been fined 1.2 million euros ($1.4 million) for allegedly breaking the privacy rules in Spain that could then be used for advertising, the national data. Facebook’s privacy policy contains generic and unclear terms about it.

Spain’s information assurance guard dog said Monday it has slapped Facebook with a fine of(1.2 million euros or $1.44 million) for neglecting to keep its clients’ information being gotten to by promoters.

AEPD said it discovered three cases in which Facebook had gathered points of interest, for example, the sex, religious convictions, individual tastes and perusing the history of its a large number of Spanish clients without advising them how such data would be utilized.

Facebook did not quickly react to an email asking for input. It has gathered individual information from its clients in Spain without acquiring their “unequivocal assent” and without educating them how such data would be utilized, the Spanish Data Protection Agency said in an announcement.

“Facebook gathers information on philosophy, sex, religious convictions, individual tastes or route without obviously illuminating about the utilization and reason that it will give them,” the announcement said.

The guard dog said Facebook’s security arrangement “contains non-specific and vague terms” and it “doesn’t satisfactorily gather the assent of either its clients or nonusers, which constitutes a genuine encroachment” of information insurance rules.

The 1.2-million-euro fine is little with regards to the organization which posted promoting incomes of $9.2 billion in the second quarter, for the most part from versatile video advertisement deals.

Facebook said in an announcement that it “consciously” couldn’t help contradicting the guard dog’s decision, which it proposed to request. “As we clarified to the information assurance organization, clients pick which data they need to add to their profile and offer with others, for example, their religion. In any case, we don’t utilize this data to target adverts to individuals,” it said.

Utilizing treats, Facebook likewise gathers information from individuals who don’t have a record of the interpersonal organization, however, explore different pages containing a “like” catch, AEPD said. Facebook clients’ action can likewise be followed on outsider locales, and the data gathered added to what is as of now connected with a Facebook account, AEPD said.

Facebook, Microsoft build open standard for different AI frameworks

With the swift increase in artificial intelligence (AI) developments, Facebook and Microsoft have finally decided to unify their efforts by building an open standard called Open Neural Network Exchange (ONNX). The new format provides a shared model for interoperability in the AI framework ecosystem and initially brings Cognitive Toolkit, Caffe2 and PyTorch under one roof.

The primary aim behind the launch of the ONNX standard is to help developers with the ability to switch between different tools and even pick a combination to build their neural network solutions and machine learning developments. Facebook has already released the new versions of its Caffe2 and PyTorch to support ONNX, while Microsoft is set to upgrade its Cognitive Toolkit with native support for ONNX in the coming future. Further, both the companies are seeking community efforts to enhance the ecosystem with required advancements.

“With ONNX, we are focused on bringing the worlds of AI research and product closer together so that we can innovate and deploy faster,” said Joaquin Quiñonero Candela. director of applied machine learning, Facebook, in a detailed note.

Facebook’s developer team has unified operators between Caffe2 and PyTorch frameworks. PyTorch has also added a tracer that records the execution of the program as it runs to eliminate complexity and translate the neural networks into a graph representation.

The new standard enables Facebook to export a trained AI model developed using PyTorch into Caffe2 for inference. Similarly, it would soon allow developers to leverage Microsoft’s Cognitive Toolkit to enhance their machine learning models built through any of the two Facebook frameworks.

No initial support for third-party frameworks

However, the format doesn’t include support for third-party solutions such as Google’s TensorFlow or Apache MxNet. This means that the new move can only be leveraged if a project is particularly designed with a Facebook or Microsoft framework.

“ONNX provides a definition of an extensible computation graph model as well as definitions of built-in operators and standard data types,” writes Eric Boyd, chief vice president of AI data and infrastructure, Microsoft, in a separate blog post.

The initial ONNX code and documentation are available on GitHub. Powered by Python and C++, the project is licensed under MIT License.

Android Secret Codes 2017 | All Hidden Codes List

Android Secret Codes 2017 – Android is one of the best operating system for smartphone users now that time and the usage of the android is increases day by day so we need to aware about the all features of the android that how can we effectively use android operating system. These Android Secret Codes works on Micromax, Samsung, Moto G, Sony and Panasonics Phones. Guys On android there are some of Secrets code that most of people don’t know. Android developers can added these codes for later on use because sometimes android face sophisticated problems so with the help of these codes you can get out from the problem. Every code have their own function and code is like the combination of special character and some of numbers and android OS automatically detect that code and launch the predefined action.

  • You can Do Lot of things with these Android Secret Codes Like Reset your phones, Erase all Data, Reinstall Phone’s Firmware, Screen Test, Check Product Code, Battery Status Check and lot of crazy things. Android is smarter than as you think so guys be smart like android and use these secrets codes to amaze your friends and spread awareness about these codes. It is helpful for individuals rather than go to mobile shops and wasting their money.

 List of All Android Secret Codes 2016 :

Code Description
*#*#4636#*#* Display information about Phone, Battery and Usage statistics
*#*#7780#*#* Restting your phone to factory state-Only deletes application data and applications
*2767*3855# It’s a complete wiping of your mobile also it reinstalls the phones firmware
*#*#34971539#*#* Shows completes information about the camera
*#*#7594#*#* Changing the power button behavior-Enables direct poweroff once the code enabled
*#*#273283*255*663282*#*#* For a quick backup to all your media files
*#*#197328640#*#* Enabling test mode for service activity
*#*#232339#*#* OR *#*#526#*#* Wireless Lan Tests
*#*#232338#*#* Displays Wi-Fi Mac-address
*#*#1472365#*#* For a quick GPS test
*#*#1575#*#* A Different type GPS test
*#*#0283#*#* Packet Loopback test
*#*#0*#*#* LCD display test
*#*#0673#*#* OR *#*#0289#*#* Audio test
*#*#0842#*#* Vibration and Backlight test
*#*#2663#*#* Displays touch-screen version
*#*#2664#*#* Touch-Screen test
*#*#0588#*#* Proximity sensor test
*#*#3264#*#* Ram version
*#*#232331#*#* Bluetooth test
*#*#7262626#*#* Field test
*#*#232337#*# Displays bluetooth device address
*#*#8255#*#* For Google Talk service monitoring
*#*#4986*2650468#*#* PDA, Phone, Hardware, RF Call Date firmware info
*#*#1234#*#* PDA and Phone firmware info
*#*#1111#*#* FTA Software version
*#*#2222#*#* FTA Hardware verion
*#*#44336#*#* Displays Build time and change list number
*#06# Displsys IMEI number
*#*#8351#*#* Enables voice dialing logging mode
*#*#8350#*#* Disables voice dialing logging mode
##778 (+call) Brings up Epst menu

NOTE : Guys, These codes are also Properly working on Android even on Lollipop and further Version of Operating System. These are Secret Codes are tested by us and get these codes from XDA Developers. Some of these codes have functioning like reset or backup data so guys use these codes after check their description because we are not responsible to any king of data loss.

WhatsApp Has Picture-In-Picture Video Calling And Other Goodies Now

WhatsApp received an update that now allows for PiP or Picture-in-picture video calling as well as text status updates that self-destruct at a certain time or after being read. PiP is only available for WhatsApp users running Android 8.0 which isn’t very many handsets at the moment. The new features are some sort of mixture between Facebook and Snapchat statuses.