Learn hacking in Hakatemia, start now!

If you want to learn hacking and maybe even do it for a living, Hakatemia is made for you.

In Hakatemia you will learn ethical hacking from professionals and get to practice real attacks safely in a training environment.

Students are not required to have previous knowledge of cybersecurity.

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Start Free 7 Day Trial

Welcome to Hakatemia. Our mission is to provide you with the best tools, skills, and knowledge to build a safer digital future. Start your journey towards cybersecurity expertise today with a free 7-day trial.

Annual membership

- 21 %

Billed annually.


  • Start Free 7 Day Trial
  • All courses and lab exercises
  • Practice environments and challenges
  • Tools
  • Discord channel

Monthly membership

Billed monthly.


  • Start Free 7 Day Trial
  • All courses and lab exercises
  • Practice environments and challenges
  • Tools
  • Discord channel

Company, school or team?

Check out Hackademy for companies.

  • Full membership for all team members
  • Team-specific leaderboard
  • Manage users and groups
  • Assign tasks to groups, track progress

Hackers are needed

Would you like to be a hacker?

If you said yes, then great! Ethical hackers are always needed. In Hakatemia, you will first learn the necessary basics, such as Linux, computer networks, programming, and how web applications work. Then you can start practicing different types of attacks against real training targets.

Good for beginners
No previous IT or cyber background required.
Gamified learning environment
You get experience points for successfully completing attacks. This makes learning more fun and allows you to compete with your friends. You can also link your Hakatemia profile to your CV.
Real targets
Hakatemia has numerous vulnerable targets that have been set up just for you, waiting for you to break into them.
In Hakatemia lab environment, you can also practice browser-side attacks against bots that use real Google Chrome browser.
Hakatemia also has challenges that you can solve to test your skills.
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Level up!

Gamified learning environment

Hakatemia is a gamified learning environment where you get experience points, levels and badges for successfully completing tasks. On the leaderboard, you can compete with other students.

Complete tasks to level up

By completing tasks you get experience points and levels.

Master new skills

Hakatemia has different types of exercises that give experience points to the skills related to the exercise.

Compete on the leaderboard

Compete on the leaderboard against other students.

Keep up your streak

A long streak of completing tasks increases your streak.

Get badges

By completing challenges you get badges.

No VPN required

Real-world lab exercises brought straight to your browser

Hakatemia lab environment has used a variety of technologies to optimize the user experience. We always strive to provide the simplest, most functional and fastest user interface for completing the task.

Web-based terminal

Often lab exercises do not require a full desktop environment, but rather a terminal. For this reason, Hakatemia uses a terminal based on xterm.js, which works directly in your browser. Unlike a full remote desktop, the web terminal works in real time even on slower connections and copy/paste works normally.

Web-based desktop

However, some lab exercises require a full desktop environment. In this case, we use a VNC connection tunneled over WebSockets, which allows a fully functional Kali Linux desktop directly in your browser.

Web-based development environment

In the web development environment, you can write and run code and scripts directly in your browser. This option is typically used when you are required to write or edit code or scripts to complete the task.

Practice attacks and earn experience points

How does Hakatemia work?

On a regular learning platform, you watch videos, read texts, and complete assignments. These basic elements are also found in Hakatemia, but they are all just preparation for the core of Hakatemia: lab exercises. In Hakatemia labs, you get to perform attacks against real vulnerable targets and earn levels and experience points when you solve a task.

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Watch video.
Many courses or modules have a video where the topic is covered.
Read material.
All modules include readable material consisting of text, images, questions, and exercises.
Start lab task.
You will be given your own server in a few seconds, where you will find a vulnerable web application. You are free to search for and exploit vulnerabilities in the application. Depending on the task, you will also have access to attacker resources, such as a Kali Linux terminal that opens in your browser, where you can run attack tools and receive connections.
Use tools.
As a Hakatemia PRO member, you will also have access to Hakatemia tools that make it easier to find and exploit vulnerabilities.
Enter flag on Hakatemia page.
When you complete a task, you will receive a flag from the lab environment. When you enter the flag on the Hakatemia page, you will earn experience points and progress in the course.
Climb the leaderboard.
Hakatemia has a leaderboard that always lists the top ten hackers in Hakatemia with their levels and experience points.


Our trainers have long experience in cybersecurity, both professionally and as a hobby.

  • Walentin Helling


    Walentin is a self-taught ethical hacker. Walentin has years of experience in both security monitoring and technical security / penetration testing. Walentin works during the day and bug bounty programs at night. No one knows when Walentin sleeps.

  • Teo Selenius


    Teo has been involved in cybersecurity for a long time. The journey began with a hobby and self-study. Since then, Teo has worked as a developer, ethical hacker, application security consultant, trainer, company data protection officer, information security manager and hot dog seller at the golf course kiosk.

A continually growing selection

A course for everyone

We are constantly adding new courses, modules, labs, practice environments, challenges and tools to Hakatemia. Start now and you will have plenty of new things to learn when you have learned the current material. A hacker is never finished, but we will develop together!


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