How it works...

First, we import the required libraries to handle argument parsing, creating progress bars, and interacting with web pages.

from __future__ import print_functionimport argparseimport osimport sslimport sysimport tqdmfrom urllib.request import urlopenimport urllib.error

This recipe's command-line handler takes one positional argument, OUTPUT_HASH, the desired file path for the hash set we will create. An optional argument, --start, captured as an integer, is the optional starting location for the hash lists. VirusShare maintains a page of links to malware hashes, where each link contains a list of between 65,536 and 131,072 MD5 hashes. Rather than downloading all hash lists (which can take some time), the user can specify the ...

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