We all use the Internet search engine in our daily life whether to search for a recipe or to complete an assignment or some other task, but have you ever wondered what kind of tools and Internet search engines hackers might be using to find out the vulnerabilities of various systems through the Internet. The hacker Internet search engine is slightly different from our normal Internet search engine because it can provide access to each and everything available on the Internet including Deep Web resources like Shodan, Hunter Search Engine.
There are a large number of search engines that hackers use for various purposes and here we have brought the best 10 out of all the hacker search engines available –
Shodan is considered one of the best Internet search engine for hackers all around the world. It helps you to get information about any device that is connected to the Internet such as webcams, alarms, servers, routers, traffic lights, and many more devices. It provides the bulk of information in the form of IP addresses, HTTP server banner, device location, and type of device that can be used to find security flaws and either correct them or use them to create a security breach in the system.
Censys is a service similar to Shodan as it also monitors devices that are connected and exposed on the Internet and collects this data and provides them in the form of a search engine where a user can find the reports and data how the various websites, devices, and certificates are deployed and configured. Censys can also be used to see real-time information about various attacks suffered by computer systems as it discovers vulnerable services and unpatched vulnerability routers.
Unlike Shodan and Censys, Greynoise allows you to identify servers and users that are scanning various networks and devices for vulnerabilities using search engines like Shodan or even more advanced and malicious ones. Using Greynoise we can get information about malicious websites, different types of attacks, and breaches in systems just by typing the IP address or some related keywords. It is very useful for hackers and security personnel that deal with thousands of IP addresses to filter out unwanted internet background noise that interferes with hacking or security operations.
Wigle is an Internet search engine to find wireless networks through coordinated and is used for wireless network mapping. It shows a map where we can enter latitude and longitude to find all the available hotspot networks, Wi-Fi devices, and telecommunication antennae’s in that particular area. It can be used to identify and monitor insecure systems that are vulnerable to attacks or just for finding open networks in a particular area.
Zoomeye is a hacker-friendly tool that acts as a navigation chart for finding and navigating our way towards vulnerabilities and threats in networks and systems. It was developed mainly for the Chinese market and it records numerous amounts of data from different websites, devices, administrations, etc. which can be accessed by its users by entering a simple query, IP address, device name, or any other relatable keyword. It can even represent the statistics of all the devices that are exposed through the Internet from different countries, browsers, servers, etc.
Hunter is the most used and dynamic Internet search engine that can be used for email address detection. Hunter Search Engine can be used to find and retrieve all the email addresses that are associated with a certain domain or organization. All you have to do is enter the name of the company in Hunter and the search engine displays a list of verified email addresses that come under that domain including their activity and the public resources that were used to discover those addresses. The developers have also created an API to check whether an email id is deliverable and get additional information on the organization.
PiPl is a useful Internet search engine for finding information about individual persons using the phone number and email address and identifying them. It is the largest people search engine in the world. It can be used to reveal everything about a person including their name, contact, and personal information, professional information, etc.
HIBP stands for “Have I been pwned” is an Internet search engine that is useful both for hackers as well as normal users because it finds out whether a particular email account has been compromised due to some data breach in the system and the information has been utilized in some way. The tool gathers and identifies different database dump and identify the disclosed accounts. If the particular account has been compromised, it can provide each and every detail of the breach and the type of information that was involved in that data breach. If the particular account has no data breaches associated, it shows that in green color stating- “Good news- No pwnage found”.
10. OSINT Framework:
OSINT Framework stands for Open Source Intelligence Framework and it gathers information that is available from public sources and can be used for assessment. On opening the framework, we are shown a list of different categories each of which has its own submenus which we can navigate to reach the desired result according to our choices which is opened in a new tab by the search engine. It is an essential cybersecurity framework and is mostly used in law enforcement, national security, and other intelligence services. It includes email addresses, public records, usernames, IP addresses, and many more options to choose from.
The above-mentioned search engines can prove to be quite useful if you are doing penetration testing or checking for security breaches to rectify them. Some of them such as HIBP are useful for common people also. Hackers all over the world actively use these search engines to find faults in systems or gain information about potential targets.
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