The World’s Most Dangerous Search Engine
Shodan is a search engine much like Google, however that’s where the similarities end. Rather than indexing web content over ports 80 (HTTP) or 443 (HTTPS) like Google – Shodan crawls the web searching for devices that respond on a host of other ports including 21 (FTP), 22 (SSH), 23 (Telnet), 25 (SMTP), 80, 443, 3389 (RDP) and 5900 (VNC). Once Shodan discovers a host that’s responding on a given port it connects to the machine and pulls down the port banner. This information then becomes indexed along with the devices geolocation data.
An in-depth analysis of Shodan data reveals how some of the biggest US cities fare in terms of exposed cyber assets, what this means in terms of security, and how home users and organizations can protect their data.
Shodan and Recorded Future Release Malware Hunter
Recorded Future, the threat intelligence company, and internet search engine Shodan announced today a specialized crawler for security researchers that explores the internet to find computers acting as remote access trojan (RAT) command and control centers. The crawler, dubbed Malware Hunter, provides valuable information that researchers can use to proactively identify and defend against these threats.
You just can’t make this shit up. Between the NSA, CIA and commercial interests, they will soon be able to tell what I had for lunch 3 days ago by analysing my farts.