As we all know nowadays ,technology and hacking in our world is a very dynamic feild with new innovations , tools or softwares being released almost every day . A hacker is any skilled computer expert that uses their technical knowledge to overcome a problem. There is a very big scope of ethical hacking in future ,so its great if anyone wanted to become a hacker in future . A hacking tool or a peice of software is a program designed to assist with hacking and every hacker must use these softwares for some specific hacking purposes .
Hacking is a very high precision task so every task must require a good set of tools or softwares . Every security researcher, pentester or a system admin must needs the precise set of tools or softwares and apps to find the hidden vulnerabilities. While there are tons of such tools or softwares available on the internet , but after spending so much time , we have finally succeeded in finding the top 10 best hacking softwares for you .
Lets take a look at these top 10 best hacking softwares in world till now –
1. Nmap (Network Mapper)
The Network Mapper is a versatile must have tool for Network Security, plus it is also free and open source . This software is largely used for network discovery and security auditing by security researchers and the network administrators . System admins use Nmap for network inventory, determining open ports, managing service upgrade schedules, and monitoring host (A term used for “the computer on a network”) or service uptime .The software determines what hosts are available on the network and what services (application name and version) they offer, which type of protocols are being used for providing the services, what operating system (and OS versions and possible patches) and what type and version of packet filters/ firewalls are being used by the target by using raw IP packets in many creative ways .
2. John The Ripper
This software is a very popular password cracking pentesting software that is most commonly used to perform dictionary attacks . John the Ripper takes text string samples from a text file reffered to as wordlist which is available here , or here , containing popular and complex words found in a dictionary or 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 software can also be used to perform a variety of alterations to dictionary attacks like brute force and rainbow attacks .
3. THC Hydra
THC Hydra is placed by concise polls at one place under John The Ripper because of user popularity though it is as popular as John The Ripper. Essentially THC Hydra is a fast and stable Network Login Hacking software that will use dictionary or brute-force attacks to try various password and login combinations in the login page . This hacking software supports a wide set of protocols including Mail (POP3, IMAP, etc.), Databases, LDAP (Lightweight Directory Access Protocol), SMB, VNC, and SSH(Secure Shell used by VPN software).
4. Metasploit Penetration Testing Software
This tool is used for exploiting (utilising network weakness for making a “backdoor”) vulnerabilities (weak points) on Network. This tool comes in both free and paid versions and it is not an open source . The free version is good for normal exploits but the paid version of this software is with deep penetration which gives you a full set of features . The paid version of Metasploit offers such important features that it deserves the price it claims . Mainly this software is used by ethical hackers and cybersecurity professionals . Metasploit is essentially a computer security project that supplies information about known security vulnerabilities and helps to formulate penetration testing and IDS testing .
5. OWASP Zed
Zed Attack Proxy (ZAP) is now one of the most popular OWASP projects and OWASP Zed is now in this year’s top list because of its huge poppularity . This hacking software or a pentesting tool finds vulnerabilities in web applications because of its easy UI . ZAP’s popularity is also because it has a large community support and good resources. ZAP provides automated scanners as well as various tools that allow you the cyber pro to discover security vulnerabilities manually . This hacking software is written in java and it is available in all of the popular operating systems including Microsoft Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X .
The Aircrack suite of Wifi (Wireless) hacking softwares are legendary because they are very effective when used in the right hands . Aircrack-ng is an 802.11 WEP and WPA-PSK keys cracking hacking tool or software that can recover keys when sufficient data packets have been captured (in monitor mode) . 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 . It will be very helpful for a mediocre hacker because he’ll be able to crack WEP/WPA/ WPA2 by using this software .
Wireshark is rated as the top Wi-Fi pentesting software by some kali linux users because it surprisingly missed making it to last year’s list . Wireshark is the world’s foremost network protocol analyzer. It lets you see what’s happening on your network at a microscopic level . It is the de facto (and often de jure) standard across many industries and educational institutions . You can analyze a network to the greatest detail to see what’s happening by using this software . Wireshark can be used for live packet capturing, deep inspection of hundreds of protocols, browse and filter packets and is multi-platform.
Maltego works within a digital forensics sphere as it is not a full hacking software or tool and it is quite helpful in data breach incident response . Maltego is a platform that was designed to deliver an overall cyber threat picture to the enterprise or local environment in which an organization operates . Maltego is at the top list because of its uniqueness in offering network and resource based entities to aggregate information available throughout the web .
9. Cain and Abel
Cain & Abel is a password recovery software that is mostly used for Microsoft Operating Systems . User can seek the recovery of various kind of passwords by sniffing the network (capturing some of the data packets), cracking encrypted passwords using dictionary, brute-force (generation of hashes out of words and then comparison of encrypted hash with the generated one, this method takes less time than dictionary attack method) and cryptanalysis attacks .Cain and Abel can also record VoIP (Voice over IP protocol used for making calls over Internet) conversations, decode hashed scrambled passwords, recover wireless network keys and more . It can crack various types of hashes including NTLM, MD2, MD5, SHA-1, SHA-2 and many more . Cain and Abel is considered as one of the best password recovery tool due to these functionalities .
10. Nikto Website Vulnerability Scanner
Nikto is classic ‘Hacking software’ that a lot of pentesters will like to use . Nikto is an Open Source (GPL) web server scanner which performs comprehensive tests against web servers for multiple items, including over 6700 potentially dangerous files/programs, checks for outdated versions of over 1250 servers, and version specific problems on over 270 servers . This software also checks the presence of multiple index files, HTTP server options, and will attempt to identify installed web servers and software . Scan items and plugins are frequently updated and can be automatically updated.
If you know any of your favourite hacking tool that we have not mentioned in our top 10 list , kindly mention it in the comments so that we can include it in our next arcticle .
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