NextGenHacker101 owes me a new monitor

Because I just got soda all over my current one…

One of the funniest things I’ve seen in a while. 


And yes, I know that I’m being cruel here and I shouldn’t make fun of the kids ignorance, but he is SO proud of his new discovery and is so wrong in his interpretation of what actually is going on…




For my non net-savvy readers: The “tracert” command lists the route that packets take from the local computer to a remote computer.  So if I want to find out what path a packet takes from my computer to, I would issue “tracert”.  This can be extremely helpful when troubleshooting networking problems.  Unfortunately the young man in the video had a rather different opinion of what the command did.

Comments (102)

  1. Keith Patrick says:

    I was laughing by "Tracer T", but when he got to "10 people are looking at Google right now", it became something otherworldly.

  2. Did you see the AOL icon on his desktop?

  3. OMG! Even my end-user wife is ROTFLHO

  4. Alex says:

    This is a great way to end the week.  I like how he says that he can't see the last 3 or 4 people on Google because they have faster connections than him.

    Not to mention the other videos where he shows you how to download change your clock by searching for "Free Desktop Clock" and that torrents are like street signs guiding you to your destination.  

  5. David says:

    I notice that his tracert command worked fine when he put "http://" before the hostname, but it fails on my computer (XPx64). Is this a change in NT5.2?

  6. David: That's a really good question.  A number of people internally noticed this as well and they don't know how that worked.

  7. me says:

    I cant stop calling it tracer t now CURSE YOU!  It will be forever stuck in my brain.

  8. It reminds me that I used to have a great deal of misconceptions about computers. I am now very grateful I did not publicise videos of any of them!

  9. Leo Davidson says:

    This reminds me of last week when I was hacking the gibson and discovered this server with all sorts of dodgy files on. I reported it to the police straight away! Whoever runs that is gonna be sorry!!

  10. squizz says:

    I believe the http:// worked because he's on roadrunner who do hijacking of unresolvable DNS entries.  The IP ( is RRs URL hijacking server, not google.

  11. Nick says:

    Wow.  Started funny, became painful.  

    I'm also not sure about using "" with tracert -- on both my XP x86 SP3 and Server 2008 R2 machines I get "Unable to resolve target system name".

    Gotta love YouTube "hacking" videos.  My favorite are probably the dozens that show you how to hack the Administrator account by running "C-M-D" and then executing the secret command "net user Administrator *".  OMG pwned! 🙂

  12. NT says:

    David/Larry, the http:// works because his ISP is doing the DNS trick where they send him to their own servers when he tries to look up the nonexistent site.  It's trying to resolve "" as the hostname.  I'm sure he simply hasn't noticed that the results are the same no matter what site he types in.

  13. milkmood says:

    That is freaking HILARIOUS, and it reeks of viral marketing.  I just can't quite tell what Burger King is selling this time.

    Maybe it's an ad for Wireshark or Angry IP Scanner.

    Poor kid.


  14. milkmood says:

    NextGenHacker101 is his name.  Making real hackers wet themselves is his game.

    If that's the next generation of hackers, we're in good shape for the future of cybercrime.

  15. Paul M. Parks says:

    I just know he's been leaving comments on Raymond's blog. Judging by the quality of some of them lately...

  16. wolf1oo says:

    "not semicolon, the dot dot"

    Honestly, if he knows a semicolon, it is only logical he should know what a colon is. This is hysterical. Painful, but hysterical....

  17. Ian Boyd says:

    You... You just feel so bad for the kid. 🙁

  18. dapxin says:


    shaking my head

    all the time.

  19. Klimax says:

    "17 ms is connection speed."  Priceless.

  20. HAHAHAHAHA says:


  21. feroze says:


    Someone should tell him that it is pronounced "H T T P colon" not "H T T P dot dot"...

  22. Denis says:

    He is a child. Now discovering the crulty of adults.

  23. Denis says:

    He is a child. Now discovering the cruelty of adults.

  24. is road runner's "failed dns" service.  So when the name doesn't resolve he's actually tracing to the local ISP server, not at all!

  25. No says:

    It's funny, because it's true.

    Wait, what?

  26. His entire video collection is absolutely priceless:

    I wish I was as 31337 as NextGenHacker101 is.

  27. synical says:

    omg i actually unconsciousli facepalmed and didnt realize it till about half way through the video.


  28. Randolf says:

    Is it possible, that he used a SEMICOLON ; instead of a : after the http? That could explain why his URL resolved...

    Very funny - who teaches kids this crap?

  29. @Larry: I have another question regarding the http:// part in the adress. Would it be possible to add some additional parser to this kind of commands in Windows so programs like tracert filter them out? On one hand it would make Windows a little bit more intelligent ( 😉 ), on the other hand it would provide some basic possibilities for antivirus software and firewalls to be useful in the future 😀

  30. steven says:

    Check out his other videos too. I don't think he managed to get a single thing right... or maybe it's just me. With the "hack" of changing your "analog" taskbar clock to something else, he uses "Internet Explorer Pro", because it beats Firefox! OMG! I so want IE Pro! Where can I get that? I can't beliiieeeeve Microsoft hasn't released that officially!

    I never knew the text input field on was called the "Google search bar in the Google task bar", but hey, shows what I know, right?

    The sad part is, I actually know some people quite like this.

  31. Not laughed so hard for ages.

    Poor sod, not only is he on RR, he's got AOL installed and he's using an HP!

    Love it when he says the higher ping response is a "better" connection and the lower ones suck!

    As others have said, I guess he's not noticed that the results stay largely the same whatever he looks up!

    And besides, what moron types http:// into a trace or ping request?

  32. marius says:

    Superb Larry! Thanks for sharing, made my morning!

  33. You know this video is going to come back and haunt him when he tries to get a job in the IT industry. Maybe he has a potential career in Tech Journalism?


  34. Hoppalong Cassidy says:

    Jeez. You are such a sad bunch of people.

  35. Herm says:

    l33t typing skillz there.

  36. Brian says:

    Alright, it's been 20 minutes since the video came to an end and I think the laughter has finally come to an end. Now that that is settled, perhaps I'll tracer-t Larry's blog to see how many people are reading it and how fast their connections are.

  37. abadidea says:

    A lot of people have left extremely cruel comments on his channel. He looks/sounds like he's about 13. Instead of verbally abusing a middle schooler, I sent him a private message with some suggestions for books to read so that he can learn what the rest of us "grown-ups" know. I'm sure that after the typical "mad hax" high school phase, he'll grow up into a perfectly normal computer nerd 😉

  38. Ray says:

    10 people are looking at google !!

    I think his desktop background is a Montreal skyline ... I'm so ashamed, ever since mafiaboy we've had our share of "hackers"

  39. Grkgeorgy says:

    Why do I want to kick this kid after listening to this.  I'd like to order someone sitting next to him like Tom Cruise did in Tropic Thunder.  You! Punch that kid in the face REALLY HARD!

  40. Anon says:

    "Friday, January 29, 2010 4:30 PM by Leo Davidson

    This reminds me of last week when I was hacking the gibson and discovered this server with all sorts of dodgy files on. I reported it to the police straight away! Whoever runs that is gonna be sorry!!"

    Fuckin lol'd

    I am also very glad i never posted any videos demonstrating my complete lack of hacking knowledge a few years back lol

  41. d says:

    Montreal?  Nah.  The first couple hops are in El Paso, TX and then on to Dallas, so he's somewhere in Texas.

  42. KristoferA says:

    Funny yes, but give the kid some slack. Unless this is a viral marketing video (..?), the person behind it sounds like a child. Kids should be allowed to have a bit of fantasy... JMHO

  43. Swmmran says:

    Wow..  That kid had it so wrong.

  44. Steve Syfuhs says:

    Ah Youtube.  We were all schmucks at his age...he was just dumb enough to make a video about it...

  45. dave says:

    >Would it be possible to add some additional parser to this kind of commands in Windows so programs like tracert filter them out?

    But why?  Almost everyone else who uses tracer-t knows that you type a hostname or an IP address.  

    The implementation of tracert is already correct, by the looks of things: it takes the name string and does a name lookup on it.  If the name-looker-upperer says it has no idea what that name is, you get a perfectly decent error:


    Unable to resolve target system name

    X:>tracert http://flibber.gibbber

    Unable to resolve target system name http://flibber.gibbber.

    And in the youtube video, it is alleged that the name-looker-upperer was indeed able to look up the name and get a result.  This is perhaps a surprising result to us, but nevertheless, it's not anyone else's job but the name-looker-upperer to know what lookupable names look like.

    Having other pieces of the system get involved with names makes for a system that's more confusing, not less.

  46. Dave says:

    what a bellend...

  47. > Would it be possible to add some additional parser to this kind of commands in Windows so programs like tracert filter them out?

    I sure hope not.  This kind of DWIMmery inevitably leads to grief; programs should fail when given invalid input, not "helpfully" try to guess what you meant.

  48. Art says:

    I was waiting for a punchline!

  49. RubixCube says:

    You need an internet connection to connect to IP addresses?

    Me thinks hes using AOL still.... ass...

  50. rubixCube says:

    He has NO IDEA what tracert does..

    dllstx13 is his user name... LMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    what a jerk off...

  51. whiskeycat says:

    is this for real? this kid thinks that's what this command does?

    he's been taking too many drugs.

  52. Bill says:

    Unix admin for 20+ years and was not aware of the information you could get from this. traceroute in Unix doesn't hold a candle to Tracer-T.

    How can anyone be sooo wrong in sooo many ways and still think they're right? Oh wait - American Idol!

  53. Mike H says:


    Before I turned 13, (long before, age 8 and up) I taught myself DOS, various menuing systems and GUIs for dos, Windows 3, Windows 95, started messing around with computer hardware (taking them apart, reusing cards in other pcs, that sort of stuff), was calling many local bulletin boards (BBSes) and had a reasonable idea of what was possible on the internet. A year or so later my parents finally decided to get a subscription at a local ISP and I was messing around with a free Linux shell account they provided as part of the service.

    This kid has a way to go; he can make videos, but apparently has no desire to actually check his research to verify that what he says, is actually what it is.

    Humor by way of idiocy: A+

    Actual ability to even fact-check: F

  54. Mike H says:

    I guess I should mention, I was 13 in 1996.

  55. evilmanic says:

    You do realise that you guys got trolled by a 12 year old don't you?

  56. Chris says:

    Well, not semicolon, but that dot dot.

  57. Carlos says:

    Well, you guys can laugh all you want, but that's how hackers are made... really.

  58. DFWJim says:

    To those who asked about the hostname in the tracert command (why a URL worked), he's on RoadRunner and using their DNS servers, you would end up getting redirected to a URL hijack system on their end that services requests for unresolvable hostnames.  Using normal DNS servers like many of us have, URL won't work, besides I'm sure the "dot dot" would freak it out.

  59. Cat Glare says:

    Is this for real?  If not, is he making this up as he goes along?

  60. Vikas says:

    NextGenHacker is cool, innocent :P. Gud luck buddy for your future buddy.

    Needless to say, I'll subscribe to your vids

  61. troy says:

    lol, anyone know where to download Tracer t?

  62. zaphod says:


    omg....  this was a joke right?

  63. Harv says:

    Wait, what?

    You mean that's not what it does?! Dang...

  64. Sven says:

    He had me at "Please subscribe" when you could see the AOL icon on his desktop. The "tracer T" and "I can't view these IPs because my connection isn't as good" comments just sent me to tears I was laughing so hard.

  65. Gladicus says:

    We've all been a naive preteen learning the internet, I also facepalmed while watching, makes me happy to know that I have come a long way.

  66. CGomez says:

    This feels like a well executed and polished joke.  Maybe I am too cynical.  Don't get me wrong, it's FUNNY no matter what it is.  I'd appreciate it EVEN MORE as a clever form of entertainment.

  67. WJanssens says:

    It's a good laugh, but hey, he's a kid. He'lll find out sooner or later.

    Hell, when I was his age we didn't experiment on computers because they didn't exist yet.


    OK, I'm old.

  68. says:

    *blinks* *blinks again*  hahahaha

  69. mrx says:

    Have you considered this kid may be laughing of you all taking him seriously? :-p That would really be a brilliant hack.

  70. steveg says:

    Way back when I was a 10 or 11 year old programming TRS80 BASIC my old man mentioned binary was faster. So I painstakingly translated my BASIC program into binary using an ASCII table in the back of one of the manuals.

    Dad was very nice, he looked at my hand-written 1s and 0s and said something that made me think it wasn't a waste of time.

    On the upside I did have a grasp of different bases from an early age.

  71. Evan says:

    Not knowing what tracert does is forgivable; most people out there don't know such things (though if you don't you probably shouldn't call yourself "NextGenHacker"). But even a kid who doesn't know anything about computers should know that Google has a lot more than 10 people viewing it at any given time. That's just pure common sense fail.

  72. peRRomaRRano says:

    I am the average computer user. I don't know a thing about hacking. I use the almighty internetz for porn, piracy, and reading.

    But when this kid said there were 10 people viewing I felt so fucking insulted. KID IS DUMB

  73. stuart says:

    Oh dear. it does remind me of how stupid i used to be

    and also how my stepdad is with computers

    Tracer-T. who else says "tray-sert"?

  74. Jonathan says:

    Anyone else notice that he thought higher ping= faster connection speed?

  75. on0bi says:

    wow.....i'm kind of offended by a hacker myself, i'm appalled at this kids stupidity.  he probably learned that on runescape. lol

  76. tezzet says:

    And now I'm sad.

  77. l4m3r says:

    I'm pretty sure most of you guys have been trolled. If he manages to upload a screencapture to youtube, I'm positive he knows what tracert does...

  78. Frank Drakman says:

    @NextGenHacker101:  <--this is a "colon" btw

    There's a lesson to be learned here; the world is a hard, unsympathetic, unforgiving place - and the internet is where you go to show your ass to that world.

    How's your ass feeling right about now?

    Remember that sensation the next time you're deciding which pearls of technical know-how you wish to impart to the collective, uncaring jerk that is "the web".

  79. dave says:

    its a fake video.  That kid setup a hacking website that points to adult friendfinders.   Yes that would be funny if it was a real kid

  80. Creek says:

    I myself am 14 years old and am forced to deal with idiocy such as this at my school, not ALL of us are THIS fucking dumb. 😀

  81. I want to believe it's a fake; really, I do.

    However, I've known too many teenagers.

    (And as for "his" site being redirected to adultfriendfinder, I'm pretty sure that's the result of the DNS name expiring and being grabbed by a squatter; the redirect goes through a system that's set up to sit on domains and redirect them to adultfriendfinder, and he did put up the video about the site well over a year ago)

  82. Eric says:

    This kid needs his own show on cable.

  83. bakedpotatoes says:

    I love how his really good connection is actually his wireless connection to his router/access point 😛

  84. Jarrod says:


    ok ok but i can not help it...


  85. Rutix says:

    This was too funny :D. How can someone fail more!?

  86. wilyquijote says:

    >>This was too funny :D. How can someone fail more!?

    The commenters here are off to a good start...think about it.

  87. R Johnson says:

    Regardless of the incredibility of this video, the most amazing thing is that a "hacker" is that he not only endorses piracy, he himself is willing to give video proof that he is breaking the law.  I imagine the new guy in the prosecutor's office could get a conviction against this kid.  Really.  Watch the other videos he has.  I want every 10 year old I know to watch this so I can point and say, "Don't!!! (be like this kid)".  Once again shows the next generation has no ambition.

  88. Adam says:

    I'm just excited to see the day this kid discovers VNC

  89. Almafuerte says:

    Well, yeah, the kid is either a total douchebag or a very elaborate troll. Either way, it's very funny.

    OTOH, you bastards are even bigger loosers than he is.

    Keep sucking off micro$oft cock, you huge faggots.

  90. xentoo says:

    This kids woefully poor concept of the IP stack is beyond a joke.

    As for his terrible interpretation of the "Tracer T" output....

    Perhaps MicroSoft will offer him a position as Stephen Toulouse's senior security consultant.

  91. NEMX says:

    I almost feel bad... almost

  92. Umopepisdn says:

    Hahaha -- I'm voting for troll.  He had me going, though, right up until the spiel about sharing the last two digits.  But really, some of this is just surreal -- nobody's this dumb:

    "You can't do it without having an internet connection."

    "If anyone's familiar with CMD, they'll know this."

    "Ten people are currently using google, and LOOKING AT IT."

    "The last two digits stand for IP server connection number."

    "All these guys, I can't view it, because my connection's not as good as theirs."

    "Dallas18, that's obviously his username or something."

    Either he made this up or his dad/big bro decided to have some fun with him during a Q&A session.  Either way, this is the product of a twisted imagination and sense of humor.

  93. Ashley says:

    It funny, tracert is extensively used by us...

  94. A.C. says:

    My God, I'm crying.

  95. ~km says:

    This wannabe know-it-all not-quite-nerd epitomizes the problem with the internet, and especially YouTube. Any dumbass can post anything they like.  I feel bad that I actually even watched this piece of crap and added to the view count. Someone sent me the link and said it was funny. It's not funny it's just stupid and sad.  And only being 12 or 13 years old is no excuse for posting retardations. (I am a mother to two teenagers, so I'm not just talking out my ass)  You're a douchebag of the first order no matter what age you are if you post something under the guise of being educational, and you don't bother to educate yourself first. The kid obviously knows how to spell Google and "tracer-t".  He deserves all the heckling he gets...maybe he'll actually learn something from it.

  96. justafreq says:

    Yeah, tracer T is pretty powerful and useful.  But I have heard they just released a newer version - tracer X!  Supposed to run circles around the old version.  Anyone know a L33T 0-day warez site where I can download it???

    LMAO  Seriously though, I am still suspicious about how real that vid is... I mean, even if he really did get it THAT wrong, I think someone would have clued him in long before he would have gotten around to making a HOW-TO vid about it, right?

  97. Ali says:

    Meanwhile, i saw at YouTube same kid doing a game by C# editor.

  98. Richard says:

    yeah the kid was good and i guess he must have got lots of subscribers.

  99. Karl says:

    Poor, poor child. One way to resolve would be to enter it that way into your local hosts table with the correct address. Of course then it would resolve to the correct address assuming the correct address is assigned in the hosts table. While I haven't tried this it should work.

  100. Raymond says:

    Hey guys,

    Keep in mind that this video is now almost 2 years old.

    "IP Connection Server" - That's rich!

  101. dw says:

    OMG WHAT AN IDIOT!!!! this is another reason why parents need to keep kids off the computers!

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