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SNIFFING AND SPOOFING


sniffing and spoofing

"Sniffing" and "spoofing" are two techniques related to network security, often used for legitimate purposes but sometimes exploited for malicious activities. Here's an overview of both terms:


1. Sniffing:

- Packet Sniffing: Packet sniffing is the practice of intercepting and examining the data packets that are being transmitted over a network. This can be done for various reasons, such as network troubleshooting, monitoring, or security analysis. Tools like Wireshark are commonly used for packet sniffing.

- Promiscuous Mode: Some network adapters can be set to promiscuous mode, allowing them to capture all data packets on a network, even those not intended for the specific device. This can be useful for legitimate network administration but can also be abused for unauthorized monitoring.


2. Spoofing:

-MAC Address Spoofing: MAC (Media Access Control) address spoofing involves changing or disguising the MAC address of a network interface. This can be done for legitimate purposes, such as network testing or privacy protection. However, it can also be used maliciously to impersonate other devices on a network.

- IP Address Spoofing**: IP address spoofing involves manipulating the source IP address of network packets to make it appear as if they are originating from a different source. This technique is often used for various cyberattacks, like DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) attacks or attempts to hide the real source of malicious traffic.


It's important to note that while sniffing and spoofing can serve legitimate purposes, they can also be used for malicious activities, and doing so is often illegal. It's crucial to use these techniques responsibly and within the boundaries of the law and ethical guidelines. Unauthorized or malicious use of these techniques can result in legal consequences.

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