Wednesday, March 02, 2011

More on OSINT with FOCA 2.6 in toolsmith

“If ignorant both of your enemy and
yourself, you are certain to be in peril.” - Sun Tzu

I'm on a bit of an OSINT kick lately, and I nearly flipped out when I began to research FOCA for toolsmith, then realized the raw, unadulterated power I had yet to make use of.
Shame on me. Don't make the same mistake I did; download FOCA 2.6 pronto.
If you're a penetration tester, this is hands down one of the best reconnaissance tools I've ever imagined. Fear the FOCA indeed.
Really, fear it. You need to be careful with this tool. You can easily walk yourself right into potential legal concerns if you don't proceed with caution and permission.
Consider yourself duly warned.
FOCA is the product of the team at Informatica 64, including Alejandro Martin Bailon and Chema Alonso, who were helpful as I wrote this March's column.

FOCA (Fingerprinting Organizations with Collected Archives) 2.6 is an interesting tool that focuses heavily on document metadata extraction while incorporating other extreme search capabilities. Rather than depending on a variety of recon methods, FOCA will provide many related services for you.
The FOCA project leads have indicated that for more than the last year and a half FOCA has been a primary tool in their own engagements.

Definitely check out their DEF CON 18 presentation; it's truly entertaining and richly informative.

The metadata functionality as seen in Figure 1 speaks for itself.

Figure 1

If that's not enough for you, the advanced network reconnaissance and enumeration capabilities ought to seal the deal as seen in Figure 2.

Figure 2

There also an online version of FOCA.

The article can be found here.

Enjoy and be careful. ;-)

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