Important Hacking Sources And Links

In this article I have compiled important Hacker sources and links. Of course, not everyone needs all of these sources and links. That’s why I’ve divided them up according to certain areas of application. If you are missing an important source, I would be happy if you could write it to me in the comments so that I can add it – thank you

Penetration Testing Links


Exploit development



Social Engineering Links


Lock Picking Links


Operating Systems


Penetration Testing Operating Systems

  • Kali Linux – GNU/Linux distribution for digital forensics and penetration testing.
  • ArchStrike – Arch GNU/Linux repository for security professionals and enthusiasts.
  • BlackArch – Arch GNU/Linux-based distribution for penetration testers and security researchers.
  • Network Security Toolkit (NST) – Fedora-based bootable live operating system for easy access to world-class open source network security applications.
  • Pentoo – Security-oriented live CD based on Gentoo.
  • BackBox – Ubuntu-based distribution for penetration testing and security assessments.
  • Parrot – Distribution similar to Kali Linux, with multiple architectures.
  • Buscador – GNU/Linux virtual machine pre-configured for online investigators.
  • Fedora Security Lab – Provides a safe testing environment for security audits, forensics, system rescue, and teaching security testing methods.
  • The Pentesters Framework – The distribution is organized according to the Penetration Testing Execution Standard (PTES) and offers a curated collection of utilities that eliminate often unused toolchains.
  • AttifyOS – The GNU/Linux distribution focuses on tools useful in Internet of Things (IoT) security assessments.


Docker For Penetration Testing

Multi-Paradigm Frameworks

  • Metasploit – Offensive security software for checking security vulnerabilities and managing security assessments.
  • Faraday – Integrated multi-user pentesting environment for Red teams that conduct collaborative penetration tests, security audits and risk assessments.
  • ExploitPack – Graphical penetration test automation tool that comes with many pre-built exploits.
  • Pupy – Cross-platform (Windows, Linux, MacOS, Android) remote administration and post-exploitation tool.


Vulnerability Scanner

  • Nexpose – Commercial vulnerability assessment and risk management engine integrated into Metasploit and distributed by Rapid7.
  • Nessus – Commercial vulnerability management, configuration, and compliance assessment platform, sold by Tenable.
  • OpenVAS – Free software implementation of the popular Nessus vulnerability assessment system.
  • Vuls – Agentless vulnerability scanner for GNU / Linux and FreeBSD, written in Go.


Static Analyzers

  • Brakeman – Vulnerability scanner for static analysis for Ruby on Rails applications.
  • cppcheck – The expandable static C / C ++ analyzer focuses on finding bugs.
  • FindBugs – Free software Static Analyzer to check for errors in Java code.
  • sobelow – Security-oriented static analysis for the Phoenix Framework.
  • bandit – Security-oriented static analysis for Python code.


Web Scanner

  • Nikto – Loud but fast black box web server and vulnerability scanner for web applications.
  • Arachni – Scriptable framework for assessing the security of web applications.
  • w3af – Attack and monitoring framework for web applications.
  • Wapiti – Vulnerability scanner for black box web applications with integrated fuzzer.
  • SecApps – Security test suite for web applications in the browser.
  • WebReaver – Commercial, graphical vulnerability scanner for web applications, developed for MacOS.
  • WPScan – Black Box WordPress Vulnerability Scanner.
  • cms-explorer – View specific modules, plugins, components and topics that are running on different websites with content management systems.
  • joomscan – Joomla vulnerability scanner.
  • ACSTIS – Automatic detection of template injections (sandbox escape/bypass) for AngularJS.


Network Tools

  • zmap – Open source network scanner that allows researchers to easily conduct internet-wide network studies.
  • nmap – Free security scanner for network exploration and security clearance.
  • pig – GNU/Linux tool for building packages.
  • scanless – Utility to use websites to perform port scans on your behalf so as not to reveal your own IP.
  • tcpdump/libpcap – Generic packet analyzer that runs from the command line.
  • Wireshark – Widely used graphical, cross-platform network protocol analyzer.
  • Network-Tools.com – Webite that interfaces with many basic network utilities such as ping, traceroute, whois, and more.
  • netsniff-ng – Swiss Army Knife for snooping around the network.
  • Intercepter-NG – Multifunctional network toolkit.
  • SPARTA – Graphical user interface with scriptable, configurable access to existing scan and enumeration tools for the network infrastructure.
  • dnschef – Highly configurable DNS proxy for pentesters.
  • DNSDumpster – Online DNS reconnaissance and tracing service.
  • CloudFail – Unmask server IP addresses hidden behind Cloudflare by searching old database entries and detecting incorrectly configured DNS.
  • dnsenum – Perl script that enumerates DNS information from a domain, attempts zone transfers, performs a brute-force dictionary-style attack, and then looks up the results in reverse order.
  • dnsmap – Passive DNS network mapper.
  • dnsrecon – DNS enumeration script.
  • dnstracer – Determines where a DNS server gets its information from and follows the chain of DNS servers.
  • passivedns-client – Library and query tool for querying multiple passive DNS providers.
  • passivedns – Network sniffer that logs all DNS server responses for use in a passive DNS setup.
  • Mass Scan – The TCP port scanner sends SYN packets asynchronously and scans the entire internet in less than 5 minutes.
  • Zarp – The network attack tool focuses on exploiting local networks.
  • mitmproxy – Interactive TLS-enabled HTTP proxy for interception for penetration testers and software developers.
  • Morpheus – Automated ettercap TCP/IP hijacking tool.
  • mallory – HTTP/HTTPS proxy over SSH.
  • SSH MITM – Intercept SSH connections with a proxy: All clear text passwords and sessions are logged on the hard disk.
  • Netzob – Reverse engineering, traffic generation and fuzzing of communication protocols.
  • DET – Proof of concept to perform data exfiltration using either single or multiple channel(s) at the same time.
  • pwnat – Punch holes in firewalls and NATs.
  • dsniff – Collection of tools for network testing and pentesting.
  • tgcd – Simple Unix network utility for extending access to TCP/IP-based network services beyond firewalls.
  • smbmap – Handy SMB enumeration tool.
  • scapy – Python-based interactive package manipulator and library.
  • Dshell – Framework for forensic network analysis.
  • Debookee – Simple and powerful network traffic analysis for MacOS.
  • Dripcap – Caffeinated packet analyzer.
  • Printer Exploitation Toolkit (PRET) – Printer security testing tool that enables IP and USB connectivity, fuzzing, and use of PostScript, PJL, and PCL printer language capabilities.
  • Praeda – Automatic multifunction printer data harvester for collecting usable data during safety assessments.
  • routersploit – Open source exploitation framework similar to Metasploit, but for embedded devices.
  • evilgrade – Modular framework to take advantage of bad upgrade implementations by inserting fake updates.
  • XRay – Tool for the detection and investigation of network (sub) domains.
  • Ettercap – Comprehensive and mature suite for man-in-the-middle attacks.
  • BetterCAP – Modular, portable and easily expandable MITM framework.
  • CrackMapExec – A Swiss Army Knife for pentesting networks.
  • impacket – Collection of Python classes for working with network protocols.


Wi-Fi Tools

  • Aircrack-ng – A set of tools used to monitor wireless networks.
  • Kismet – Wireless network detector, sniffer and IDS.
  • Reaver – Brute force attacks against secured Wi-Fi networks.
  • Wifite – Automated tool for attacks on Wi-Fi networks.
  • Fluxion – Suite of automated social engineering-based WPA attacks.


Transport Layer Security Tools

  • SSLyze – Fast and comprehensive TLS/SSL configuration analyzer to identify security misconfigurations.
  • tls_prober – Fingerprint of a server’s SSL/TLS implementation.
  • testssl.sh – Command line tool that checks the service of a server on any port for support for TLS/SSL ciphers, protocols and some cryptographic errors.


Web Exploitation

  • OWASP Zed Attack Proxy (ZAP) – Scriptable HTTP intercepting proxy and fuzzer for penetration test web applications.
  • Fiddler – Free cross-platform web debugging proxy with easy-to-use companion tools.
  • Burp Suite – Integrated platform for performing security tests for web applications.
  • autochrome – Easy installation of a test browser with all necessary settings for web application tests with native Burp support from NCCGroup.
  • Browser Exploitation Framework (BeEF) – Command and control server for delivering exploits to commanding web browsers.
  • Offensive Web Testing Framework (OWTF) – Python framework for pentesting web applications based on the OWASP test manual.
  • WordPress Exploit Framework – Ruby framework for developing and using modules that help with penetration testing of WordPress-based websites and systems.
  • WPSploit – Metaspoid exploit for websites based on WordPress.
  • SQLmap – Tool for automatic SQL injection and database takeover.
  • tplmap – Automatic server-side template injection to take over web servers.
  • weevely3 – Weaponized-Web-Shell.
  • Wappalyzer – Wappalyzer reveals the technologies used on websites.
  • WhatWeb – Fingerprint scanner for web pages.
  • BlindElephant – Web application fingerprint scanner.
  • wafw00f – Identifies and tests WAF (Web Application Firewall) products.
  • fimap – Find, prepare, review, use and even Google automatically for LFI / RFI errors.
  • Kadabra – Automatic LFI exploiter and scanner.
  • Kadimus – LFI scan and exploit tool.
  • liffy – LFI exploit tool.
  • Commix – All-in-one tool for inserting and using operating system commands.
  • DVCS Ripper – Rip Web accessible (distributed) version control systems: SVN/GIT/HG/BZR.
  • GitTools – Automatic search and loading of .git repositories accessible over the Internet.
  • sslstrip – Demonstration of HTTPS stripping attacks.
  • sslstrip2 – SSLStrip version to defeat HSTS.
  • NoSQLmap – Automatic tool for NoSQL injection and database transfer.
  • VHostScan – A virtual host scanner that performs reverse lookups, can be used with pivot tools and detects catch-all scenarios, aliases and dynamic standard pages.
  • FuzzDB – Dictionary of attack patterns and basic elements for error injection and resource detection in black box applications.


Hex Editors

  • HexEdit.js – Browser based hex editing.
  • Hexinator – World’s best commercial hex editor.
  • Frhed – Binary file editor for Windows.
  • 0xED – Native MacOS hex editor that supports plug-ins for displaying user-defined data types.


File Format Analysis Tools

  • Kaitai Struct – File format and network protocol Dissection language and web IDE that generates parsers in C ++, C #, Java, JavaScript, Perl, PHP, Python and Ruby.
  • Veles – Tool for visualizing and analyzing binary data.
  • Hachoir – Python library for viewing and editing a binary stream and tools for metadata extraction.


Defense Evasion Tools

  • Veil – Generation of metasploit payload that bypasses common antivirus solutions.
  • shellsploit – Generates user-defined shellcodes, backdoors and injectors and optionally obfuscates each byte via an encoder.
  • Hyperion – Runtime encryption for portable 32-bit executable files (“PE .exes”).
  • AntiVirus Evasion Tool (AVET) – Post-process exploits of executable files for Windows computers to prevent antivirus software from detecting them.
  • peCloak.py – Automates the hiding of a malicious Windows executable file before virus (AV) detection.
  • peCloakCapstone – Cross-platform branch of the automated malware antivirus bypass tool peCloak.py.
  • UniByAv – Simple obfuscator that uses raw shellcode and generates anti-virus-friendly executables using a brutal 32-bit XOR key.


Hash Cracking Tools

  • John the Ripper – Fast password cracker.
  • Hashcat – Very faster the hash cracker.
  • CeWL – Generates custom word lists by searching the victim’s website and collecting unique words.
  • JWT Cracker – Simple HS256 JWT Token Brute Force Cracker.
  • Rar Crack – RAR Bruteforce Cracker.
  • BruteForce Wallet – Finds the password of an encrypted wallet (i.e. Wallet.dat).


Windows Tools

  • Sysinternals Suite – Sysinternals troubleshooting utilities.
  • Windows Credentials Editor – Checking the login sessions and adding login information.
  • mimikatz – Tool to extract credentials for the Windows operating system.
  • PowerSploit – PowerShell Post-Exploitation Framework.
  • Windows Exploit Suggester – Detects potentially missing patches on the target.
  • Responder – LLMNR, NBT-NS and MDNS Poisoner.
  • Bloodhound – Graphical Explorer for Active Directory Trust Relationships.
  • Empire – Simple PowerShell post exploitation agent.
  • Fibratus – Tool for exploring and tracking the Windows kernel.
  • wePWNise – Generates architecture-independent VBA code for use in Office documents or templates and automates the bypassing of application control and the exploitation of mitigation software.
  • redsnarf – Post-exploitation tool for obtaining password hashes and credentials from Windows workstations, servers, and domain controllers.
  • Magic Unicorn – Shellcode generator for numerous attack methods, including Microsoft Office macros, PowerShell, HTML applications (HTA) or Certutil (using forged certificates).
  • DeathStar – Python script that uses Empire’s RESTful API to automate obtaining domain administrator rights in Active Directory environments.


GNU/Linux Tools


MacOS Tools

  • Bella – Python tool for data mining and remote management after use for MacOS.


DDoS Tools

  • LOIC – Open source network stress tool for Windows.
  • JS LOIC – JavaScript in-browser version of LOIC.
  • SlowLoris – DoS tool that uses low bandwidth on the attacking side.
  • HOIC – The updated version of the Low Orbit Ion Cannon has “boosters” to circumvent common countermeasures.
  • T50 – Very fast network stress tool.
  • UFONet – Abuses OSI Layer 7 HTTP to create/manage “zombies” and carry out various attacks. GET/POST, multithreading, proxies, source spoofing methods, cache bypass techniques, etc.


Social Engineering Tools

  • Social Engineer Toolkit (SET) – Open source social engineering pentesting framework with a range of custom attack vectors to deliver credible attacks quickly.
  • King Phisher – Phishing campaign toolkit to create and manage multiple simultaneous phishing attacks with customized email and server content.
  • Evilginx – MITM attack framework for phishing credentials and session cookies from any web service.
  • wifiphisher – Automated phishing attacks against WiFi networks.
  • Catphish – Phishing and corporate espionage tool written in Ruby.
  • Beelogger – Tool for generating keyloggers.


OSINT Werkzeuge

  • Maltego – Proprietary software for open source intelligence and forensics from Paterva.
  • theHarvester – Email, subdomain and personal name harvester.
  • creepy – Geolocation OSINT tool.
  • metagoofil – Metadata harvester.
  • Google Dork Hacking – Google Dorks database
  • Censys – Collects data on hosts and websites through daily ZMap and ZGrab scans.
  • Shodan – World’s first search engine for devices with an Internet connection.
  • recon-ng – Fully functional web reconnaissance framework written in Python.
  • github-dorks – CLI tool to scan Github repos/organizations for potential confidential information leaks.
  • vcsmap – Plug-in-based tool for scanning public version control systems for confidential information.
  • Spiderfoot – OSINT multi-source automation tool with a web user interface and report visualizations.
  • BinGoo – GNU/Linux Bash-based Bing and Google Dorking Tool.
  • fast-recon – Run Google Dorks against a domain.
  • snitch – Get information with Dorks.
  • Sn1per – Automated Pentest Recon Scanner.
  • Threat Crowd – Search engine for threats.
  • Virus Total – VirusTotal is a free service that analyzes suspicious files and URLs for quick detection of viruses, worms, Trojans and all types of malware.
  • DataSploit – OSINT visualizer with Shodan, Censys, Clearbit, EmailHunter, FullContact and Zoomeye.
  • Intrigue – Automated OSINT & Attack Surface Discovery Framework with powerful API, UI and CLI.
  • ZoomEye – Cyberspace search engine that allows a user to find specific network components.



  • Tor – Free browser software that works onion-routed and is designed against traffic analysis.
  • OnionScan – Tool to investigate the dark web by discovering operational security issues introduced by hidden Tor operators.
  • I2P – The invisible internet project.
  • Nipe – Script to redirect all traffic from the computer to the Tor network.
  • What Every Browser Knows About You – Comprehensive detection page to test the configuration of your own web browser for privacy and identity leaks.


Reverse Engineering Tools

  • Interactive Disassembler (IDA Pro) – Proprietary disassembler and debugger for multiple processors for Windows, GNU/Linux or MacOS; also has a free version, IDA Free.
  • WDK/WinDbg – Windows Driver Kit and WinDbg.
  • OllyDbg – x86 debugger for Windows binaries that focuses on the analysis of binary code.
  • Radare2 – Open source, cross-platform reverse engineering framework.
  • x64dbg – Open source x64/x32 debugger for Windows.
  • Immunity Debugger – Powerful way to write exploits and analyze malware.
  • Evan’s Debugger – OllyDbg-like debugger for GNU/Linux.
  • Medusa – Open source, cross-platform interactive disassembler.
  • plasma – Interactive disassembler for x86/ARM/MIPS. Generates indented pseudocode with colored syntax code.
  • peda – Python exploit development aid for GDB.
  • dnSpy – Tool for reverse engineering of .NET assemblies.
  • binwalk – Fast, easy-to-use tool for analyzing, reverse engineering and extracting firmware images.
  • PyREBox – Python-scriptable reverse engineering sandbox from Cisco-Talos.
  • Voltron – Extensible debugger UI toolkit written in Python.
  • Capstone – Easy disassembly framework for multiple platforms and architectures.
  • rVMI – Debugger on steroids. Check userspace processes, kernel drivers and preboot environments in a single tool.
  • Frida – Toolkit for developers, reverse engineers and security researchers.



  • LAN Turtle – Concealed “USB Ethernet Adapter” that, when installed in a local network, provides remote access, network information collection, and MITM capabilities.
  • USB Rubber Ducky – Keystroke Injection that disguises itself as a USB stick.
  • Poisontap – Siphons cookies, makes internal (LAN-side) routers available and installs a backdoor on blocked computers.
  • WiFi Pineapple – Platform for wireless audits and penetration tests.
  • Proxmark3 – RFID/NFC toolkit for cloning, playing and spoofing RFID, which is widely used for analyzing and attacking proximity cards/readers, wireless keys/key fobs and more.


Side-Channel Tools

  • ChipWhisperer – Complete open source toolchain for side channel performance analysis and glitching attacks.



CTF Tools

  • ctf-tools – Collection of setup scripts for installing various security research tools that can be easily and quickly deployed to new computers.
  • Pwntools – Rapid Exploit Development Framework for use in CTFs.
  • RsaCtfTool – Decryption of data that has been encrypted with RSA keys.


Penetration Testing Report Templates


Penetration Testing Books


Hackers Handbook Series


Defensive Development


Network Analyse Books


Reverse Engineering Books


Malware Analysis Books

  • Practical Malware Analysis by Michael Sikorski & Andrew Honig
  • The Art of Memory Forensics by Michael Hale Ligh et al
  • Malware Analyst’s Cookbook und DVD by Michael Hale Ligh


Windows Books

  • Windows Internals by Mark Russinovich
  • Troubleshooting mit den Windows Sysinternals Tools by Mark Russinovich & Aaron Margosis


Social Engineering Books


Lock Picking Books



Defcon Suggested Reading


Vulnerable Databases

  • Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) – Dictionary of common names (i.e. CVE identifiers) for publicly known security vulnerabilities.
  • National Vulnerability Database (NVD) – The US government’s National Vulnerability Database offers additional metadata (CPE, CVSS rating) of the standard CVE list and a fine-tuned search engine.
  • US-CERT Vulnerability Notes Database – Summaries, technical details, correction information and lists of vendors affected by software vulnerabilities, compiled by the US Computer Emergency Response Team (US-CERT).
  • Full-Disclosure – The public, manufacturer-neutral forum for the detailed discussion of security vulnerabilities often publishes details in front of many other sources.
  • Bugtraq (BID) – Software security bug identification database compiled from submissions to the Security Focus mailing list and other sources operated by Symantec, Inc.
  • Exploit-DB – Non-profit project hosting exploits for software vulnerabilities provided by Offensive Security as a public service.
  • Microsoft Security Bulletins – Announcements of security problems in Microsoft software published by the Microsoft Security Response Center (MSRC).
  • Microsoft Security Advisories – Archive of security advisories that affect Microsoft software.
  • Mozilla Foundation Security Advisories – Archive of security notices affecting Mozilla software, including the Firefox web browser.
  • Packet Storm – Compendium of exploits, advice, tools, and other security-related resources from across the industry.
  • CXSecurity – Archive of published vulnerabilities in the CVE and Bugtraq software referenced with a Google Dork database to discover the listed vulnerability.
  • SecuriTeam – Independent source of information on software vulnerabilities.
  • Vulnerability Lab – Open forum for security advisories, sorted by exploit target category.
  • Zero Day Initiative – Bug bounty program with a publicly accessible archive of published safety notices operated by TippingPoint.
  • Vulners – Security database for software vulnerabilities.
  • Inj3ct0r (Onion service) – Exploit Marketplace and Vulnerability Information.
  • Open Source Vulnerability Database (OSVDB) – Historical archive of security vulnerabilities in computerized devices, which has not been included in the vulnerability database since April 2016.
  • HPI-VDB – Aggregator of referenced software vulnerabilities that offer free API access, provided by the Hasso Plattner Institute, Potsdam.


Security Kurse


Information Security Conferences

  • DEF CON – Annual Hacker Convention in Las Vegas.
  • Black Hat – Annual security conference in Las Vegas.
  • BSides – Platform for the organization and implementation of security conferences.
  • CCC – Annual meeting of the international hacker scene in Germany.
  • DerbyCon – Annual hacker conference in Louisville.
  • PhreakNIC – Technology conference is held annually in Middle Tennessee.
  • ShmooCon – Annual hacker convention on the US east coast.
  • CarolinaCon – Infosec conference held annually in North Carolina.
  • CHCon – Christchurch Hacker Con, New Zealand’s only South Island Hacker Con.
  • SummerCon – One of the oldest hacker conventions in the summer.
  • Hack.lu – Annual conference in Luxembourg.
  • Hackfest – Biggest hacking conference in Canada.
  • HITB – Deep knowledge security conference in Malaysia and the Netherlands.
  • Troopers – Annual international IT security event with workshops in Heidelberg, Germany.
  • Hack3rCon – Annual US Hacker Conference.
  • ThotCon – Annual US hacker conference in Chicago.
  • LayerOne – Annual US Security Conference is held in Los Angeles every spring.
  • DeepSec – Security conference in Vienna, Austria.
  • SkyDogCon – Nashville technology conference.
  • SECUINSIDE – Security conference in Seoul.
  • DefCamp – Largest security conference in Eastern Europe, held annually in Bucharest, Romania.
  • AppSecUSA – Annual conference organized by OWASP.
  • BruCON – Annual security conference in Belgium.
  • Infosecurity Europe – Europe’s premier information security event in London, UK.
  • Nullcon – Annual conference in Delhi and Goa, India.
  • RSA Conference USA – Annual Security Conference in San Francisco, California, USA.
  • Swiss Cyber Storm – Annual security conference in Lucerne, Switzerland.
  • Ekoparty – Largest security conference in Latin America, held annually in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
  • 44Con – Annual security conference in London.
  • BalCCon – Balkan Computer Congress, annually in Novi Sad, Serbia.
  • FSec – Croatian meeting on information security in Varaždin, Croatia.


Information Security Magazines



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