footprinting 1

There are numerous freely-available tools that allow hackers to gather a considerable amount of information about organizations via their websites. In this assignment, you will use some of these tools.

Select a Middle Eastern company with a website. Utilize the WHOIS command in the DOS terminal and record the data found. Things to consider would be:

  • The physical location, email addresses of contacts shown, applicable phone numbers and all name servers.
  • NSLookup command for IP addresses and MX records
  • Trace route information
  • DNS zone transfer information records
  • Ping sweeps, UDP scans, operating system identification, etc.

All of this can be performed on a DOS window or terminal. After performing the above footprinting methods, write a short paper discussing how these techniques would be used by a hacker to gain information access to the network.

Your paper is required to be 3 pages in length, not including the title and references pages, and should cite at least 2 scholarly resource other than the course materials. It should follow APA style guidelines, as appropriate.

Resource: The following white paper, “Footprinting: What Is It, Who Should Do It, and Why?,” will be helpful as you complete this assignment.

Note: This cannot be used as your required scholarly source.


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