Top Ten Popular Hacking Tools – 2015
Here is the top ten hacking or penetration testing tools listed by the popularity in 2014-2015. Hacking tools are developed by some really good coders out there to ease out many complex tasks which have to be done manually and took painstakingly great deal of time and effort.All these tools provided at free of cost,are tried hands on and are being actively developed by community,and if not,their alternatives are provided.To summarize it up, these are the top ten popular hacker tools.
1 – Metasploit
Metasploit has become over the years the best framework to conduct penetration testing on network systems and IT infrastructure. The Metasploit Project, or better known as simply ” is a hugely popular pentesting or hacking tool that is used by cyber security professionals and ethical hackers. Metasploit is essentially a computer security project that supplies information about known security vulnerabilities and helps to formulate penetration testing and IDS testing.
Metasploit is in fact a sub-project of the Metasploit Framework. This hacker tool and framework is best known for its anti-forensic and evasion tools, some of which are built into the Metasploit Framework.
Recommended to read: Introduction to using Metasploit in Kali Linux
2 – Burp Suite
Burp Suite is one of the best tools available for web application testing. Its wide variety of features helps us perform various tasks, from intercepting a request and modifying it on the fly, to scanning a web application for vulnerabilities, to brute forcing login forms, to performing a check for the randomness of session tokens and many other functions. In this article we will be doing a complete walkthrough of Burp Suite discussing all its major features.
Burp Suite has several features that can help the penetration tester or ethical hacker. Two commonly used applications used within this tool include the ‘Burp Suite Spider’ which can enumerate and map out the various pages and parameters of a web site by examining cookies and initiates connections with these web applications, and the ‘Intruder’ which performs automated attacks on web applications.
Burp Suite is an excellent web hacking tool that many pentesters use to test the vulnerability of websites and web applications. Burp suite works by using detailed knowledge of the application that has been targeted within the HTTP protocol. The tool works through an algorithm that is configurable and that can generate malicious attacking HTTP requests that a hacker would use. Burp Suite is particularly useful for discovering vulnerabilities such as SQL injections and cross-site scripting.
Recommended to read: Setting Up BurpSuite Web Hacking Tool with Firefox and FoxyProxy
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4 – Angry IP Scanner
Angry IP Scanner, also known as ‘ipscan’ is a freely available (open-source and cross-platform) hacking network scanner that is both fast and easy to use. The main purpose of this hacking tool is to scan IP addresses and ports to find open doors and ports. Worth noting that Angry IP Scanner also has a bunch of othere uses as well. Common users of this hacking tool includes network administrators and system engineers.
5 – Snort
Snort is an awesome hacking and network tool that can be configured in one of three modes: it can either be used as a sniffer, packet logger, or within network intrusion detection. In the (more commonly used) sniffer mode, this hackers program will read (sniff) network packets and display them on a GUI. In the packet logger mode, Snort will audit and log packets to the disk. In intrusion detection mode, Snort monitors network traffic and analyzes it against a rule set defined by the user.
Recommended to read: Snort OpenAppID Introduction And Configuration Guide
6 – Cain & Abel
Cain &Abel is a password recovery tool that is mostly used for Microsoft Operating Systems. This popular hacking tool allows the user to seek the recovery of various kind of passwords by sniffing the network, cracking encrypted passwords using Dictionary, Brute-Force and Cryptanalysis attacks. Cain, as it is often referred to, can also record VoIP conversations, decode hashed scrambled passwords, recover wireless network keys and more! If you need a solid password cracking platform then look no further, Cain is certainly your friend.
7 – THC Hydra
Although often considered as yet another password cracker, THC Hydra is hugely popular and has a very active and experienced development team. Essentially THC Hydra is a fast and stable Network Login Hacking Tool that will use dictionary or brute-force attacks to try various password and login combinations against an log in page. This hacking tool supports a wide set of protocols including Mail (POP3, IMAP, etc.), Databases, LDAP, SMB, VNC, and SSH.
Recommended to read: How to Crack Online Passwords Using THC-Hydra in Kali Linux
8 – Ettercap
Ettercap has a huge following and is widely used by cybersecurity professionals. Ettercap works by placing the users network interface into promiscuous mode and by ARP poisoning the target machines, i.e. facilitating a ‘Main In The Middle’ or MITM attack. Once successfull Ettercap (and the hacker) can deploy various attacks on the victims. A popular feature about Ettercap is its’ ability to support various plugins.
Recommended to read: Man In The Middle Attack Using Ettercap In Kali Linux
9 – John The Ripper
John the Ripper is a popular password cracking pentesting tool that is most commonly used to perform dictionary attacks. John the Ripper takes text string samples (from a text file, referred to as a wordlist, containing popular and complex words found in a dictionary or real passwords cracked before), encrypting it in the same way as the password being cracked (including both the encryption algorithm and key), and comparing the output to the encrypted string. This tool can also be used to perform a variety of alterations to dictionary attacks.In addition, John also offers a bunch of brute force options using frequency tables to try plain texts containing more frequently used characters.