Exploring the Depths of Shodan: Navigating the Seas of Cyberspace Safely with Tor

ice-wzl
8 min readJul 19

In today’s interconnected world, the internet serves as an expansive ocean of data, with a vast array of websites, databases, and servers spread across its depths. However, there exists an enigmatic realm within this digital expanse known as Shodan — a search engine unlike any other. Often referred to as the “dark side of the internet,” Shodan is a powerful tool that allows users to discover and access internet-connected devices and systems, from webcams and routers to power plants and critical infrastructure.

While Shodan can be an invaluable resource for researchers and security professionals, its capabilities also attract malicious actors seeking to exploit vulnerable targets. In this blog post, we’ll delve into the intriguing world of Shodan and uncover how you can navigate its treacherous waters safely, leveraging the anonymizing powers of Tor to protect yourself and your digital presence.

Join us as we embark on a journey to comprehend the marvels and dangers that Shodan presents, and most importantly, learn how to wield the power of Tor as your shield in the face of potential threats. As we equip ourselves with knowledge and prudence, we can safeguard our online privacy and ensure a secure passage through the boundless seas of cyberspace.

Tor Install Kali

  • Two install requirements Tor and Tor Browser , they are different
sudo apt update -y
sudo apt install tor #tor the service install
sudo apt install -y tor torbrowser-launcher #installs the actual browser bundle
  • Just search for the tor browser in the kali menu and connecting is simple. That will be enough in MOST cases provided light enumeration and poking via the browser is all youre doing

Alter Exit nodes

  • This is really useful and highly recommended
  • This does not work for the Tor Browser Bundle only the tor service, reminder that they are different
  • I will show you how you can make this work for a browser but it will be later on in the guide

Tor configuration file

  • vim /etc/tor/torrc
  • At the bottom of the…
ice-wzl

Reverse Engineer, Red Teamer, CTF fan & creator