Top 8 Search Engines for Hackers

Search engines are helpful in locating the desired resources on the internet. Hackers are also using different search engines extensively to complete security assessments. This blog talks about the Top 10 Search Engines for Hackers that are available. Most of them are free, but some of them are charging a minimal amount for usage.

(1) Shodan

Shodan is popular for the identification of IoT infrastructure across the globe. If you are a security analyst and performing pentest on the IoT infrastructure, Shodan is a must tool in your arsenal. This tool provides a basic search for free, but if you want to use it further, you need to pay a minimal amount to get the subscription.

(2) Binaryedge

Binaryedge is a search engine for acquiring, analyzing, and classifying a company's data available on the internet. This tool provides a basic search for free, but if you want to use it further, you need to pay a minimal amount. This tool is available in the Free, Starter, Business, and Enterprise editions.

(3) Censys

Censys is basically used to identify subdomains of the IT infrastructure. As Censys list out all the available subdomains for the attacker. Attackers collect those IPs and start fresh recon to identify vulnerabilities.

(4) Hunter

Hunter is helpful when a security analyst wanted to extract an official email id related to the company.

(5) IVRE

IVRE is an open-source network recon framework that includes the famous port scanner tool Nmap. This tool helps in parsing output from the results of tools such as Argus, Zeek, etc. You can either use the CLI tools, the Python API or the Web interface to browse the scanning results.

(6) Spyse

Spyse is a web-based tool to provide information about the target. Information collected in the previous step is usually used for penetration testing and cyber investigations. This tool is paid tool and is available based on a time limit subscription.

(7) Onyphe

The web-based search engine tool is used to collect geo-information, active scan, lookups of threat list etc.

(8) Google

Google is the ultimate source of knowledge to gain information for anything available in the universe. If you are looking for existing or new vulnerabilities, a lot of google dorks are available to identify problems on the application.

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