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Why Python is ‘The Preferred Language’ for Hacking ?

Here are the 4 summaries from different articles after a deep research, answering same question “Why Python is The Preferred Language for Hacking ” and link to full article is also provided for respective summaries. 

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CONCLUSION at the end ! 

SUMMARY 1: Why Python is used for hacking (edureka.co)

Python is a general purpose scripting language that has gained immense popularity amongst professionals and beginners for its simplicity and powerful libraries.

Python is insanely versatile and can be used for almost any kind of programming. From building small scale scripts that are meant to do banal tasks, to large scale system applications – Python can be used anywhere and everywhere.

In fact, NASA actually uses Python for programming their equipment and space machinery.

Python can also be used to process text, display numbers or images, solve scientific equations, and save data. In short, Python is used behind the scenes to process a lot of elements you might need or encounter on your devices.

Python has gained its popularity mostly because of its super powerful yet easy to use libraries.

Sure Python has awesome readability and it is really simple and all but nothing really beats the fact your job as a developer is made super simple with these libraries.

These libraries find uses in all sorts of domains, for example, artificial intelligence has Pytorch and Tensorflow while Data Science has Pandas, Numpy, Matplotlib.

Nifty python libraries like Pulsar, NAPALM, NetworkX etc make developing network tools a breeze

Ethical hackers generally develop small scripts and python being a scripting language provides amazing performance for small programs.

Learning Python also opens up your doors to several other career opportunities

SUMMARY 2: Python – A Programming language for hackers (developeronrent.com)

If you are looking for a promising programming language that takes much less time to develop and is shorter than Java programs, then look no further than Python.

Also with a simple and readable syntax and a code style guideline which facilitates the use of formatting of codes, it’s all praise for beginners.

If you are a professional hacker and looking for a language with a simple structure Python could just be the answer for you.

Python has a huge rebuilt and a very standard library that can make hacking a child’s play for an already well-versed person.

It also has extensive third party libraries which help hackers to get their job done.

For example, one would obviously choose an axe to cut the tree and not a knife. Python brings along a helpful community at service

There is nothing better than having help at hand. Python has a fairly large community supported well experienced and a knowledgeable group of people.

Python has the 5th largest StackOverflow community and the 3rd largest meetup community. Frameworks like Django, Pyramid, and Flask encompass the abilities to create real web applications that have the same power as the sites we use every day.

SUMMARY 3: Why the world’s most popular coding language happen to be the hackers weapon of choice (imperva.com)

Python will soon be the world’s most prevalent coding language.

Naturally, our threat research team had to poke around and see how popular Python is among bad actors.

Roughly estimating, more than 20% of GitHub repositories that implement an attack tool / exploit PoC are written in Python.

Hackers, like developers, enjoy Python’s advantages which makes it a popular hacking tool.

When examining the use of Python in attacks against sites we protect, the result was unsurprising – a large chunk, up to 77%, of the sites were attacked a Python-based tool, and in over a third of the cases a Python-based tool was responsible for the majority of daily attacks.

These levels, over time, show that Python-based tools are used for both breadth and depth scanning.

It isn’t surprising that the most common attacks had RCE potential, considering how valuable it is to malicious actors.

Deeper analysis shows that the attack was carried out on multiple protected customers, a group of IPs from China. 

In addition, Python is used to target specific applications and frameworks.

When we looked at all the frameworks targeted Python, the attacks that stand out are those aimed at Struts, WordPress, Joomla and Drupal, which is not surprising as these are currently some of the most popular frameworks out there.

Python requires minimal coding skills, making it easy to write a script and exploit a vulnerability.

SUMMARY 4 : Why Python is becoming the hackers coding language? (knowledgehubmedia.com)

Ease of Use – Comprised of simpler syntax, the programming language is easy to read and write, unlike C# and Java.

Scientific and Numeric Computing – You will find a wide range of libraries including SciPy and NumPy are used when it comes to creating projects utilizing scientific and numeric computing.

Hacking is the term used for the procedure through which you can gain access to a system that you are not supposed to have access to.

Cracking passwords for data theft, scanning vulnerabilities, and finding potential threats are all examples of hacking.

Now I am sure you must be wondering why Python and not some other programming language.

CONCLUSION :

It was interesting to see that why python is so popular amonst hackers. To conclude these are the some of the major points due to which it is most common amongst hackers.

  • Easy to use – simple syntax
  • Open source 
  • flexible – Software or web applications developed using the Python can be moved from one operating system (Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux) 
  • Extensible and Embeddable 
  • Object-oriented…..and many more

Not only in hacking but also in other fields like data science, machine learning, AI, backend web development, python is used extensively. So if you have python skills under your belt, it would be great for you.

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Chitranshu Harbola

Self taught programmer, Web Developer and an aspiring Machine learning engineer cum Data Science student

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