How to Gather Information from The Internet Archive

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How to Gather Information from The Internet Archive

In this section we will explore a new tool used during ethical hacking for gathering information. This tool is a website known as Internet Archive. This website can be used to view previous versions of websites that have changed or been permanently removed. You can use Internet Archive to pull up old versions of an organization’s website and collect crucial information. Knowing this site is crucial for passing the certification exam.

At the home page of the Internet Archive is a tool called the Way Back Machine that accepts a URL as an input value. This service will take the URL and return a history of the website. On this page you can view how long the page has been online and when changes to the site where the most frequent. Below this chronology, you can see each calendar month with individual days highlighted. Clicking on these highlighted numbers in the calendar will load the website as it was on that day.

This is useful because individuals and organizations will put a lot of useful and identifying information on their websites. Often times, these websites will deal with a consultancy that tells them to take down this information for security reasons. With the Internet Archive, you can go back in time to view these old versions and collect information.

You can use internet alerts to notify you whenever new information has been added on the target you are studying. With Google’s alert service, you can create an alert that will notify your email if Google finds any new information on your chosen topic. In terms of cybersecurity and threat management, this alert service can be used on individuals and organizations by hackers to stay updated on new information. By finding the archived site, viewing the current site, and
setting up alerts for future changes to the site, you can gather comprehensive information on any sort of target.

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