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7 Steps to Start Searching with Shodan

The right know-how can turn the search engine for Internet-connected devices into a powerful tool for security professionals.
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In the toolkit carried by hackers under any shade of hat, a search engine has become an essential component. Shodan, a search engine built to crawl and search Internet-connected devices, has become a go-to for researchers who want to quickly find the Internet-facing devices on an organization's network.

With skilled use, Shodan can present a researcher with the devices in an address range, the number of devices in a network, or any of a number of different results based on the criteria of the search. 

There are many ways to approach Shodan, but the following seven steps will get you started in the right direction. Have you already begun with Shodan? Are you a Shodan ninja? What tips do you have for beginners? Share your thoughts in the comments.

(Image: Shodan)

 

Curtis Franklin Jr. is Senior Editor at Dark Reading. In this role he focuses on product and technology coverage for the publication. In addition he works on audio and video programming for Dark Reading and contributes to activities at Interop ITX, Black Hat, INsecurity, and ... View Full Bio

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EdwardThirlwall
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EdwardThirlwall,
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1/3/2019 | 10:13:23 AM
Techniques and filters
The internet as we know it, is vast. This means that tonnes of info are being added to the world wide web day after day. It is entirely up to us to retrieve on the most specific answer to our queries and the secret is to use filters and search techniques. We can get the internet to work for us when we know these useful methods that work towards our own advantage.
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StephenGiderson,
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12/20/2018 | 11:16:25 PM
Better connectivity for everyone!
I don't think I'll ever have to worry about having to use a new interface like Shodan for a while yet. At this moment, my company's network is small enough that I'm pretty sure you can find the devices that you're looking for just by walking around! Haha! But I reckon that for the bigger enterprises that this must be really quite handy to help keep the employees at work. No doubt about that!
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