Top Hacking Software Used by Hackers and Security Professionals

In this article, we will present you top 5 hacking softwares used by hackers and cybersecurity professionals. We recommend to use below mentioned hacking softwares only for testing your internal networks and systems!

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1. Metasploit

metasploit hacking tool
Metasploit by Rapid 7

Metasploit is probably the best platform for developing and executing exploits. The main advantage of using Metasploit is its architecture which allows exploitation using no-op generators, payloads and encoders. This penetration softwarekit comes with hundreds of exploits and dozens of modules updated on weekly basis. And in case if there are no native exploits available at the moment of discovery of new vulnerabilities you can always write your own or search web for them.

Metasploit has two download choices pro and free. Those versions vary by following functionalities:

PROFREE
Complete engagements 45% faster through higher productivityConduct basic penetration tests on small networks
Leverage the Metasploit open source project and its leading exploit libraryRun spot checks on the exploitability of vulnerabilities
Manage data in large assessmentsDiscover the network or import scan data
Evade leading defensive solutionsBrowse exploit modules and run individual exploits on hosts
Control compromised machines and take over the networkEnjoy great usability through a Web UI
Automatically generate reports containing key findings
Create prioritized remediation reports based on validated vulnerabilities by integrating with Rapid7 Nexpose
Improve security by prioritizing exploitable vulnerabilities
Prove effectiveness of remediation or compensating controls to auditors
Get comprehensive visibility of user risks by integrating with Rapid7 UserInsight
Assess overall user awareness and deliver targeted training
Test the effectiveness of security controls
Simulate phishing campaigns for thousands of user

Download Metasploit

OS availability: Windows, Linux, Mac OS X

2. NESSUS

nessus vulnerability scanner
Nessus Vulnerability Scanner

Nessus is the most popular vulnerability scanners used in many advanced corporate environments and also by individual pentesters. Nessus updates its plugins next day of the discovery of new vulnerability. We have tested it on Logjam and Tenable, company behind Nessus, updated their vulnerability scanner with the ability to discover logjam in 15-20 hours.  Key features include remote and local (authenticated) security checks, a client/server architecture with a web-based interface, and an embedded scripting language for writing your own plugins or understanding the existing ones.Tenable has more than 70,000 plugins which gives Nessus the ability to interface with basically any networked device. In addition, Nessus can be easily integrated with most major patch management systems, which gives administrators the ability to verify that updates are installing as they should be. Nessus can also be deployed with endpoint agents, which allow vulnerability scanning to occur offline and scan results can be collected after.

FREEPROFESSIONALMANAGER
Scan 16 IPsScans Unlimited IPsScans IPs and Hosts with Nessus Agents
High-speed, accurate assessment with thousands of checksAccurate, high-speed asset discovery and broad coverage and profilingEnables the sharing of multiple Nessus scanners, schedules, policies and results
Agentless scanning of home networksWorld’s largest continuously-updated library of vulnerability and configuration checksIntegrates with patch management, mobile device management and other systems

Download Nessus

OS availability: Microsoft Windows, Windows Server, Linux

3. Cain & Able

cain and able hacking tool
Cain and Able Hacking software

Cain & Abel, as a free hacking and password recovery software with multiple functionalities and possibly our favourite software for initiating Man-in-the-Middle (MITM) attacks. It permits simple recovery of most types of passwords by sniffing the network, cracking encrypted passwords via dictionary attack, Brute-Force and crypto attacks, VoIP recording, weak wireless network keys, revealing cached passwords and analyzing routing protocols, ARP poisoning and MITM. Can & Abel is not exploiting any vulnerabilities or bugs but it simply using weaknesses in core TCP/IP protocols. It is very simple to use and manage.

Download Cain & Able

OS availability: Microsoft Windows

4. Kali Linux

kali linux penetration tool
Kali Linux Penetration software

Kali Linux is the new generation of the industry-leading BackTrack Linux penetration testing and security auditing Linux distribution. Kali Linux is a complete re-build of BackTrack from the ground up, adhering completely to Debian development standards. Kali Linux was released on the 13th March, 2013 as a complete, top-to-bottom rebuild of BackTrack Linux, adhering completely to Debian development standards.

A new version dubbed Kali 2 will be released in August 2015

Kali comes with following features:

  • More than 600 hacking and security softwares.
  • Absolutely FREE
  • Open source
  • Compliance to FHS (Filesystem Hierarchy Standard)
  • Wide range wifi device support
  • Customization
  • ARM support

Download Kali

OS availability: You were not expecting anything here right? It is an OS it self, a Linux OS!

5. Hydra

hydra hacking tool
Hydra Hacking software

Do you want to brute force a remote authentication service, than you better choose THC Hydra. It is fast, reliable and customizable hacking software able to crack more then thirty protocols.

When you fire up hydra you just need to provide username or username list from txt + password list an IP address and service. Similar to this:

./hydra -­l john ­-P C:\passwordlist.txt 192.168.0.10 ftp

That’s it. After that you will have to wait a while until the remote service password is cracked.

Tutorial

Download THC Hydra Linux

Download THC Hydra Windows

30 thoughts on “Top Hacking Software Used by Hackers and Security Professionals

  1. i wnt to learn hacking and make it as my profession for getting jobs in some crime branches, please tell what are the courses to study and from where

  2. My Sincere Greeting,

    I want to start a security company that will be based on technological basis and I was advised that I have to learn the ways of hacking but to this time I have not found someone interested enough to teach me. i need help if you can please.

    Thanking you in anticipation and awaiting herein your response.

  3. Hi sir,i Always wanted to be a ethical hacker and found some tutorials and techniques in YouTube but not quite enough , learning never ends right.please help me learning different programming techniques sir

  4. Respected Sir,
    i want to become a Hacker because its my Passion, i love hacking i like hacking but am not getting a teacher. i really want to you become my teacher Please its humbly request
    regards.
    RB.

  5. Dear sir
    I want to become a good hacker white cap but i am not getting a good teacher who can help me in it ,i always wondering for videos from you tube but i am a student of electrical engineering so due to which i dont know the prgramming using different languages so i am requesting you to please guide me about that and which software i should use for that and please guide me about that ,i will be very thankfull of yours.

  6. i am requesting you to please guide me about that and which software i should use for that and please guide me about that ,i will be very thankfull of yours.

  7. Sir can u please help me in becoming a certified ethical hacker white cap
    M student of BSC IT
    Plzz help me sir waiting for ur mail
    Thanking u

  8. hey dear hacker am their for your help I know you will not want to teach me how to hack but for your request may you give me a hint Coz have done hacking of cracking passwords like the one I don’t know is for money will you help me In that
    . I am now 21years old

  9. Dear sir
    I want to be a good hacker, but i am not getting a good teacher who can help me in it. Can you teach me

  10. dear sir
    pls how can get to know you am interested but i don’t have a professional to educate me on it,
    i seek for you support and i will be glad to get your reply.

  11. dear sir
    i have been looking for some one to teach about hacking but i don’t have him yet.so what can you help me please??!!

  12. Dear sir
    i want to become a good hacker white cap but i am not getting a good teacher who can help me in it ,i always wondering for videos from you tube but i am a student of electrical engineering so due to which i dont know the prgramming using different languages so i am requesting you to please guide me about that and which software i should use for that and please guide me about that ,i will be very thankfull of yours.

      1. Even i want to Learn Hacking But I dont know hot to hack even a single i dont know can anyone teach me how to hack please………..

      2. Hlw sir,
        I want to become a good hacker white cap but i am not getting a good teacher who can help me in it ,i always wondering for videos from you tube but i am a student of electrical engineering so due to which i dont know the prgramming using different languages so i am requesting you to please guide me about that and which software i should use for that and please guide me about that ,i will be very thankfull of yours.

      3. please my goal is to be a great hacker but i don’t know anything about hacking please i will be grateful for you to teach and guide me please

      4. Hi. I would like to learn hacking too… I’m an information system student and already familiar with java programming.

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