Back in the late nineties, around 1999, my mother bought me my first computer. Around this time The Matrix movie was released which as a young boy with a new computer had me Yahoo’ing (Google was largely unknown) for the term ‘hacking’. Back then Yahoo! Chat was still around and had a chat room called the ‘Hackers Lounge’, everyone in there was talking about all sorts of cool things you could do with computers that I had never heard of before. With hindsight, most of the people in the chat room were script kiddies who knew how to run a few Windows GUI ‘hacking’ tools and largely acting like they were the kings of the Internet. At the time I wanted to learn about all of the cool things they knew. I started downloading and learning how to use these ‘hacking’ tools by the use of my guinea pig friends and family (my siblings soon grew tired of me remotely opening and closing their CD-ROM drives).
Some of these tools are still actively developed and used today, invaluable to conducting modern Penetration Testing and security audits. For the sake of nostalgia, I present to you some of the coolest most 1337 ‘hacking’ tools that I and others used ‘back in the day’. Warning: Download links not verified.
Legion by Rhino9
Use: Windows Null Session share scanner.
Further Info: http://www.informit.com/articles/article.aspx?p=26263&seqNum=5
Use: Remote Administration Tool (RAT) AKA Trojan
Further Info: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NetBus
Use: Linux LiveCD with pre-installed tools
Platform: Linux LiveCD
Further Info: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Knoppix
Use: Vulnerability Scanner
Further Info: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Security_Administrator_Tool_for_Analyzing_Networks
Use: Visual Traceroute
Further Info: http://www.softpedia.com/get/Network-Tools/Traceroute-Whois-Tools/McAfee-NeoTrace-Professional.shtml
Cain & Abel
Use: Password recovery tool
Further Info: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cain_and_Abel_(software)
John The Ripper
There are a lot more old school tools that were about, which did you use?