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Dorking is a way of using search engines to their full capacity to penetrate web-based services to depths that are not necessarily visible at first. All you need to carry out a allinurll is a computer, an internet connection and knowledge of the appropriate search syntax. Like many of the most successful hacks, googleDorking is not technically sophisticated. It simply requires that you use certain operators — special key words supported by a given search engine — correctly and sometimes creatively.

Smart searching with googleDorking | Exposing the Invisible

Johnny Long, aka j0hnnyhax, was a pioneer of googleDorking. Johnny first posted his definition filteype the newly coined term in As hackers, we tend to get down into the weeds, focusing on technology, not realizing there may be non-technical methods at our disposal that work as well or better than their high-tech counterparts.

I always kept an eye out for the simplest solution to advanced challenges. These results, rather than being characteristic of the tool or method itself, instead rely on the intentions of those using googleDorking, the questions they are asking, and what they do with the results. Although you are free to search at-will on search engines, accessing certain webpages or downloading files from them can be a prosecutable offense, especially in the United States in accordance with the extremely vague and overreaching Computer Fraud and Abuse Act CFAA.

Moreover, if filetyype dorking in a country with heavy internet surveillance i.

As protection, we recommend using the Tor Browser or Tails when googleDorking on any search engine. Tor masks your internet traffic, divorcing your computer’s identifying information from the webpages that you are accessing. Using Tor will often make your searches more difficult.

If your Tor exit node has recently been overrun with bots, search engines might block your searches entirely. In this case, you allinutl refresh your Tor circuit until you connect to an exit node that’s not blacklisted.

Please note that, depending on what passwors you are in, using Tor might flag your online activity as suspicious. This is a risk you must be wiling to take when using Tor, though you can mitigate that risk to some extent by using a Tor Bridge with an obfuscated pluggable transport.

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Unless your are specifically targeted by an advanced attack, however, the Tor Browser is quite good at preventing anyone from associating your online identity with the websites you visit or the search terms you enter. If you can not use Tor, you might want to find a VPN provider that you trust and use it with a privacy-aware search fildtype, such as DuckDuckGo.

If you decide to proceed with an investigation that involves googleDorking, the remainder of this guide will help you get started and provide a comparison of supported dorks across search engines as of March Dorking can be employed across various search engines, not just on Google.

In everyday use, search engines like Google, Bing, Yahoo, and DuckDuckGo accept a search term, or a string of search terms and return matching results.

But search engines are also programmed to accept more advanced operators that refine those search terms. An operator is a key word or phrase that has particular meaning for the search engine. Each operator is followed by a colon which is followed by the relevant term or terms with no space before or after the colon. A googleDork is just a search that uses one or more of these advanced techniques to reveal something interesting.


These operators allow a search to target more specific information, such as certain strings of text in the body of a website or files hosted on a given url. Among other things, a googleDorker can locate hidden login pages, error messages that give away too much information and files that a website administrator might not realise are publicly accessible. Not all advanced search techniques rely on operators. For example, including quotation marks around text prompts the engine to search for only the exact phrase in quotes.

How I used a simple Google query to mine passwords from dozens of public Trello boards

This googleDork will search https: A similar search on https: Foletype can use more than one operator, and the order generally does not matter. However, if your search isn’t working, it wouldn’t hurt to switch around operator names and test out the different results. There are many existing googleDork operators, and they vary across search engines. To give you a general idea of what can be found, we have included four dorks below.

Even if two search engines support the same operators, they often return different results. Replicating these searches across various search engines is a good way to get a sense of those differences.

As you explore these searches, you might locate some sensitive information, pawsword it’s a good idea to use the Tor Browser, if you can, and to refrain from downloading any files.

In addition to legal issues, it’s good to keep in mind that random files on the internet sometimes contain malware.

Hacker’s Favorite Search Queries 3

Always download with caution. That final query, performed across various search engines, will return different results, as illustrated below:. As you can see, results vary from engine to engine. Importantly, the DuckDuckGo query does not return correct results. However, using the filetype operator on its own does return correct results, just not targeted to the dhs.

But using the ext operator, which serves the same purpose on DuckDuckGo does return results targeted to the dhs.

Searching for login and password information can be useful as a defensive dork. Passwords are, in rare cases, clumsily stored in publicly accessible documents on webservers.

Try passwird following dorks in different search engines:. In this case, the search engines again returned different results. When we tried this search without the “site: We have blocked out these results in the screenshot below, and notified the school that their data is vulnerable.

The other search engines did not return this information on the first few pages of results. As you can see, both Yahoo and DuckDuckGo also returned some non-relevant results. This is to be expected when foletype Perhaps now you have your own ideas about what websites you’d like to focus on with your search. You can find more ideas in this guide from the Center for Investigative Journalism.

In the following section, we will share the dorks we found, and how they work across search engines.

Below, is an updated list of the relevant dorks we identified as of March This list might not be exhaustive, but the operators below should help you get started. We collected and tested these dorks across search engines with the help of the following resources: We have included the most widely-used search engines in this analysis.

However, you should still use DuckDuckGo in combination with Tor while dorking to ensure someone else is not snooping on your search. For general searching, we also recommend using StartPagewhich is a search engine that returns Google results via a privacy filter, also masking user information from Google. However, as important as it is to use privacy-aware search engines in your day-to-day browsing, Tor should offer enough protection to let you dork across search engines.


It might be interesting and helpful to your investigation to see the different results that search engines return even when they share the same set of operators. Finds pages that include a specific keyword as part of the indexed title tag. You must include a space between the colon and the query for the operator to work in Bing.

Searches text of page. For Bing and Yahoo the query is inbody: Search for specific region. Wider than the site: Finds webpages that contain both the term or terms for which you are querying and one or more RSS or Atom feeds. Metaoperator; that is, an operator that is used with other operators. Takes a simple list as a parameter. This example is equivalent to intitle: Inafter googleDorking his own name, a Yale university student discovered a spreadsheet containing his personal informationincluding his name and social security number, along with that of 43, others.

The file had been publicly accessible for several years but had not been exposed by search engines untilwhen Google began to index FTP file transfer protocol servers. Once indexed, it was possible for anyone to find, and it might have remained accessible if the student had not informed those responsible. We alerted both schools, and the information has since been removed. There are two types of defensive dorking, firstly when looking for security vulnerabilities in online services you administer yourself, such as webservers or FTP servers.

The security software company McAfee recommends six precautions that webmasters and system administrators should take, and googleDorking can sometimes help identify failure to comply with the vast majority of them:. In fact, googleDorking is an example of that final point. Frequent “penetration testing” can be undertaken by anyone who might be concerned about their data or the data of those they want to protect.

To perform defensive googleDorking, we recommend starting with the following simple commands on your own websites, your name, and other websites that might contain information about you. You can repeat this search with other potentially relevant filetypes: Or you can search for regular website content with:. See the table above for information about whether your search engine of choice uses intext: If you’re not running a lot of websites, scanning through several pages of results should be enough to give you an idea of what’s publicly available.

However, you can refine this with keywords and other terms taken from the Google Hacking Databases linked below. Note that these databases include search operators as well as search terms.

While they may help attackers locate vulnerable websites, they also help administrators protect their own. Published on 29 May Follow us seeingsidewaysget in touchor read another of our guides here. Presents some information that Google has about a web page, including similar pages, the cached version of the page, and sites linking to the page. Searches for location in addition to one specified by language of site i.

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