Footprinting, or reconnaissance, is the process of discovering information about a network or system with the intent to use this information to compromise security measures. A large variety of footprinting techniques and tools can provide useful information. This information is then used in conjunction with other hacking tactics to gain unauthorized access to a network or system.
In this chapter, you learn about a variety of tools that perform footprinting operations.
After reading this chapter and completing the exercises, you will be able to do the following:
Use probing tools, such as nmap
Scan the local network
You may be wondering why you should learn about footprinting because it certainly ...