Black Widow

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Black Widow

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The Information security world is a deep one and sometimes it is quite shocking to know the things that can be done. Did you know that ‘Black widow’ is not just the name of a spider…but it is a actual software that is used for ‘reconnaissance’ too(Of course, InfoSec professionals will know :))

‘Reconnaissance’ is the ability to obtain freely available information about a website. defines “Reconnoitering as checking something out, but in a sneaky way!”

Once this information is obtained one can seal the extra unwanted information that is unintentionally creeping out(for example, maybe passwords and employee details are visible with the reconnaissance tools) One of the ways that a site can be ripped is by employing website downloaders like ‘Black Widow’, Website downloader  and Httrack.

Most of these tools will allow you to download the entire website and the directory structure, external links, bad links and email addresses. The picture below shows a screen shot of the ‘Black Widow’ software…

The details provided above are for informational purposes only! Please do not use it in any inappropriate way!

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Jayanthi Manikandan has an undergraduate degree in Computer Science from India and a Master's degree in Information systems with a specialization in Information security from Detroit, MI, USA. She has written blogs for Simplilearn, Whizlabs software, InfoSec institute and Jigsaw academy. She has created e-learning videos for Whizlabs software and Twenty19. She has been passionate about Information security and has several years of experience writing on various technical topics. Additionally, she loves to pen a few personal thoughts here as well! :)

7 Comments so far


DishaPosted on11:08 pm - Sep 18, 2018

A very useful tool to gather information about website. Thanks for sharing.


Paresh GodhwaniPosted on11:46 pm - Sep 18, 2018

I love your blog because every time I visit it, I learn something new about cyber world. Thank you for sharing necessary information about black widow software. Will check it out.


Gangadhar KulkarniPosted on12:40 pm - Sep 19, 2018

Thanks Jayanthi for sharing valuable info about ‘Black Widow’ software…Have a nice day…!!!


Snehalata JainPosted on6:28 pm - Sep 19, 2018

Wow ur blog has so much of real tech related info


Dr.Amrita BasuPosted on11:15 am - Sep 21, 2018

This was a very useful information .Both real and virtual black-widow sounds scary .Have to check site security.

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