In the world of Cyber Hacking (“Cyber Security” formally) there are millions of tools which are available on the Internet either as Freewares or as Sharewares. Hacking a network or webapp without using any automatic tool is not feasible anymore. But, selection of the right tool is an important job because your pentesting process and success will then depend on the tools you have selected at the first step. We are listing the top 5 popular hacking tools.
5. John The Ripper
John the Ripper is a free password cracking software tool. Initially developed for the Unix operating system, it now runs on fifteen different platforms (eleven of which are architecture-specific versions of Unix, DOS, Win32, BeOS, and OpenVMS). It is one of the most popular password testing and breaking programs as it combines a number of password crackers into one package, autodetects password hash types, and includes a customizable cracker.
It can be run against various encrypted password formats including several crypt password hash types most commonly found on various Unix versions (based on DES, MD5, or Blowfish), KerberosAFS, and Windows NT/2000/XP/2003 LM hash. Additional modules have extended its ability to include MD4-based password hashes and passwords stored in LDAP, MySQL, and others.
4. Cain and Abel
Cain & Abel is a password recovery and hacking tool, primarily used for Microsoft systems. It helps with password recovery by cracking encrypted passwords using a few brute force methods like the dictionary method. This hacking tool allows the user to 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, as it is often referred to, can also record VoIP(Voice over IP protocol,used for making calls over using 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.These functionalities make Cain and Abel one of the best password recovery tool.
Metasploit is the best penetration testing and ethical hacking tool that automate all the process of penetration testing. Metasploit is available for all major platforms including Windows, Linux, and OS X. Rather than calling Metasploit a collection of exploit tools, I’ll call it an infrastructure that you can utilize to build your own custom tools. This free tool is one of the most popular cybersecurity tool around that allows you to locate vulnerabilities at different platforms. Metasploit is backed by more than 200,000 users and contributors that help you to get insights and uncover the weaknesses in your system.
This top hacking tool package of 2016 lets you simulate real-world attacks to tell you about the weak points and finds them. As a penetration tester, it pin points the vulnerabilities with Nexpose closed–loop integration using Top Remediation reports. Using the open source Metasploit framework, users can build their own tools and take the best out of this multi-purpose hacking tool.
2. Angry IP Scanner
Angry IP scanner is a very fast IP address and port scanner. It can scan IP addresses in any range as well as any their ports. It is cross-platform and lightweight. Not requiring any installations, it can be freely copied and used anywhere.
A hacker can track people and snoop for their data using their IP address. Angry IP Scanner also goes by the name of ”ipscan” and helps someone scan IP addresses and ports to look for doorways into a user’s system. It is an open source and cross-platform software and one of the most efficient hacking tools present in the market. Network administrators, as well as system engineers, are known to use Angry IP Scanner quite frequently.
Nmap is a very well known free open source hackers tool. Nmap is available for all major platforms including Windows, Linux, and OS X. Nmap is used for network discovery and security auditing. Many system admins use nmap for network inventory, open ports, managing service upgrade schedules, and monitoring host or service uptime. The tool uses raw IP packets in creative ways to determine what hosts are available on the network, what services (application name and version) those hosts are offering, what operating systems (and OS versions and possible patches) and what type and version of packet filters/ firewalls are being used by the target.
Nmap is a very popular hacking tool that was originally created to act as a method of being able to scan large networks, but it works absolutely fine o single hosts (targets). Nmap works on all major computer operating systems, and official binary packages are available for Linux, Windows, and Mac OS X. Nmap was traditionally a command-line tool, but there is a GUI available called ‘Zenmap’.