Today I will be talking about the Tools for Cybersecurity Experts and Hackers🤗, Think you know it all but you’re wrong, you might know it but you don’t know it, so chill and read this write up well.
Since we know that the realm of cybersecurity is a world so cool with a lot of people in there and many others to come, but without some tools, works can’t be done accurately… You all know that right. So Lets Dive in;
Burp Suite is a graphical tool for Testing Web Application Security The tool is written in Java and Developed by PostSwigger Web Security.
Burpsuite has three editions;
- A community edition which can be downloaded free of charge.
- A professional Edition which can be bought after the trial period
- An Enterprise Edition which can also be bought after trial period.
The community edition of burp suite has significantly reduced functionality, it was developed to provide a comprehensive solution for web application security checks, in addition to the basics functionality such as a proxy server, scanner and intruder.
The tool also contains more advanced options such as Spider, A repeater, a decoder, an extender, a comparer and a sequencer.
The company that developed burp suite has also developed a similar tool which is compatible with iOS 8 and Above.
Social Engineering Toolkit [SET]
Setoolkit is an open-source Penetration Testing framework designed for Social Engineering. Setoolkit has a number of custom attacks vector that allow you to make a believable attack in a fraction of time, SET is a product of TrustedSec, LLC – an information security consulting.
WireShark is a network protocol analysis tools, it allows deep inspection and analysis of packets from hundred of different protocols from the ubiquitous TCP to the exotic CSLIP. With built-in decryption support for many encrypted protocols and powerful filtering and display capabilities, WireShark can help you dive deep in current activity on your network and expose nefariously crafted attacks in real-time.
There are a ton of resources out there to learn Wireshark, and, of particular interest, there’s also a Wireshark Certification which you can achieve and place on your LinkedIn profile.
Network mapper is the most flexible, powerful and useful tool in the network security analysts toolkit.
Nmap can bounce TCP and UDP packets around your network like a pinball lizard, identify hosts, scanning open ports, slicing open misconfigured firewalls to show you what type of device is open for business on your network.
Nmap has been around so long that it has even collected a constellation of helper tools such as Zenmap GUI, Ncat Debugging tool, and Nping packet generator.
Nmap’s been featured in literally every hacker movie out there, not least the recent Mr Robot series.
It’s also worth mentioning that there’s a GUI version of Nmap called ‘Zenmap’. We’d advise you to learn using Nmap (i.e. the ‘command line’) then rotate into Zenmap when you are feeling all confident.
Nessus is the world most popular vulnerability scanner, Nessus has held up the championship throne for decades even as new challengers have crowded the arena in recent years.
Automated compliance scan can handle everything from password Auditing to patch level, compliance across your network, with reports that immediately draw attention to open Vulnerabilities, Nessus can integrate with Nmap to take advantage of Port Scanning capabilities and with other management tools to form an integral part of your network.
A lot of people knows Aircrack-ng is a WiFi Hacking tool, weak wireless encryption protocols are easily shattered by Aircrack’s WEP and WPA attacks.
Sophisticated de-authentication and fake access point attacks allow you to probe security aggressively.
Packet sniffing capabilities allows you to Snoop and keep an eye on the traffic even without making an overt attack, so this tool is a must-have for Wireless network securities.
For those tasked with penetrating and auditing wireless networks Aircrack-ng will become your best friend. It’s useful to know that Aircrack-ng implements standard FMS attacks along with some optimizations like KoreK attacks, as well as the PTW attacks to make their attacks more potent.
If you are a mediocre hacker then you’ll be able to crack WEP in a few minutes and you ought to be pretty proficient at being able to crack WPA/ WPA2.
For those interested in Wireless Hacking we’d also highly recommend taking a look at the very awesome Reaver, another very popular hacking tool that alas we couldn’t add to our list.
OpenSSH is a simple tool that right many wrongs in the original network-level utilities in most internet operating system, Created as an integral part of the OpenBSD UNIX implementation, OpenSSH was useful enough and solid enough that it was quickly adopted by other UNIX forks and made available as portable packages for other OS.
The encryption and tunnelling capabilities of the OpenSSH utilities are taken for granted by most users, but security professionals need to know how to secure systems on top of reliable OpenSSH tools.
Metasploit tool was the tool that turned Hacking into a commodity when it was released in 2003, MetaSploit made cracking knows as vulnerability as easy as point and click, Although sold as (and it’s being used by white hat hackers) as penetration testing tool.
Metasploit free version is still where neophyte hackers cut their teeth with downloadable modules allowing the combination of exploit and executable payload, all freely available, hackers have instant access to any system showing one of nearly 2000 catalogued Vulnerabilities, Sophisticated anti-forensic and stealth tool make the package complete.
Sn1per is a vulnerability scanner that is ideal for penetration testing when scanning for vulnerabilities.
It’s a total pleasure to work with and it’s regularly updated.
The team behind the software, which is easily loaded into Kali Linux, have a free (community version) and a paid plan as well.
The tool is particularly good at enumeration as well as scanning for known vulnerabilities.
If you’re studying for the OSCP (which requires a ton of enumeration), we’d recommend that you get your head around using Sn1per.
We’d suggest using this tool in tandem with Metasploit or Nessus so that way if you get the same result then you definitely know that you’re onto something.
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