EP273U Ethical Hacking 7.5 credits

Etisk hackning

Ethical hackers are contracted for practical assessment of computer network security. Furthermore, for an effective defense against cyber attacks, a deep understanding of attackers' available range of action is required.

Offering and execution

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters

Course information

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents *

The main activity of the course is a project where students independently attack a corporate computer network with the aim of exfiltrating specific information. The network is rigged by the course responsibles in a virtual environment. To carry out the attack, the students are free to use their imagination and tools available on Internet. Tools for network and vulnerability scanning, platforms for exploit development, command and control, passwork creacking, etc. are presented during the course, but students are free to employ methods and tools of their own choice.

Intended learning outcomes *

After passing the course, the student should be able to

  • perform reconnaissance, identifying and selecting targets for attack, e.g. by means of network scanning
  • identify vulnerabilities in network equipment and applications
  • customize exploits for software vulnerabilities
  • deploy and execute exploits on vulnerable systems
  • install and use remote access trojans for remote system control
  • identify password files and extract passwords
  • exfiltrate data
  • implement solutions to strengthen the information security of computer networks 
  • describe and discuss fundamental ethical dilemmas of information security

in order to evaluate the information security in computer networks regarding cyber attacks from hackers practically. 

Course Disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites *

  • Basic programming skills equivalent DD1310/DD1315/DD1316/DD1337/ID1018. 
  • Knowledge in English equivalent to English B/English 6.

Recommended prerequisites

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Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale *

P, F

Examination *

  • INL2 - Home assignment, 0.5 credits, Grading scale: P, F
  • PROA - Project assignment, 7.0 credits, Grading scale: P, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Ethical approach *

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

Course web

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Offered by

EECS/Computer Science

Main field of study *

Computer Science and Engineering, Electrical Engineering

Education cycle *

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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