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NetCraft

The NetCraft website provides statistical analysis services on other websites. NetCraft checks and reports on various sites’ operating systems and web server software (usually either Windows/IIS or Linux/Apache) which is useful during the reconnaissance stage of ethical hacking efforts.

Netcraft query for WordPress.com

A Netcraft query for WordPress.com

For example, a NetCraft query for wordpress.com returns the following results:

IP address: 74.200.247.188

Nameserver: ns1.wordpress.com

Domain Registrar: godaddy.com

OS: Linux

Web Server: nginx

If you want to find out all of a particular website’s subdomains, you can use the search feature on the searchdns.netcraft.com page as shown below.

Search.netcraft.com screengrab

Search.netcraft.com

For further reference see the NetCraft entry on Wikipedia, as well as this listing of similar Web-based network query tools.

Written by Doug Vitale

November 2, 2011 at 1:55 PM

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