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Phishing - An Explanation and Guide



Jan 27, 2023
What is Phishing?
Phishing is a type of security breaching that involves tricking individuals or companies into revealing sensitive information, such as passwords, credit card numbers, and other personal details, through deceptive means. It is typically performed through emails, text messages, or websites that appear to be from a legitimate source, but are actually fake. The attackers use this information to steal money or sensitive data, or to gain unauthorised access to systems and networks. Phishing attacks can cause significant harm to individuals and companies.
What Phishing Tools Are There?
Phishing Kits: Pre-made templates and scripts that can be easily customised and used to create fake websites and emails.
Social Engineering Toolkits (SET): Tools that automate the process of creating and sending phishing emails and text messages, as well as generating fake websites.
Web Hosting Services: Services that allow attackers to host their fake websites, making it easier for them to send phishing emails with links to the fake sites.
Email Spoofing Tools: Tools that allow attackers to send emails that appear to be from a legitimate source.
Landing Page Generators: Tools that create fake landing pages for phishing attacks.
How Does Someone Phish?
Setting up a phishing attack involves creating a fake website or email that appears to be from a trustworthy source and tricking the target into entering sensitive information, such as login credentials or financial information. The following is a hypothetical guide for ethical hackers on how to set up a phishing attack:
1. Identify the target: Choose a target and gather information about them, including the types of websites and emails they use, to make the phishing attack more convincing.
2. Create a fake website or email: Use HTML and CSS to create a fake website or email that looks like the target's real one. Ensure the fake website has the same look, feel, and branding as the real one.
3. Host the fake website: You can host the fake website on a web server or use a phishing kit to create a subdomain or a fake URL that redirects to your fake website.
4. Send the phishing email: Compose an email that appears to be from a trustworthy source, such as a bank, an online retailer, or a social media site. Provide a link to the fake website in the email and encourage the target to enter sensitive information.
5. Collect the information: Once the target enters their sensitive information, it will be sent to you. Store the information securely and dispose of it responsibly.
Where Can I Learn About Phishing?
There are several resources available for learning about phishing and ethical hacking, including:
A. Online Courses: Platforms such as Coursera, Udemy (warez disallowed), and LinkedIn Learning offer courses in ethical hacking, which may cover phishing as part of the curriculum.
B. Books: There are several books available on the topic of ethical hacking, including "The Basics of Hacking and Penetration Testing" by Patrick Engebretson, which covers phishing techniques.
C. Conferences and Workshops: Conferences and workshops, such as DefCon and Black Hat, offer training and talks on ethical hacking and phishing techniques.
D. Practice: Practicing phishing simulations in a controlled and authorised manner, such as in a lab environment or through participating in Capture the Flag (CTF) events, can help ethical hackers improve their skills and knowledge.
Remember, phishing is illegal and carries severe penalties when performed without permission of the company or individual requesting to be phished for security testing purposes. Do not use the above for nefarious means, thanks.


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