Shodan- Hacker Search Engine

Did you ever think of hacking some unknown person or an entity (camera or other electronic devices) and end up empty-handed? Well, then perhaps this article is definitely for you. Today we will see the most dangerous search engine or “Hackers Search Engine” as most people call it- Shodan. In the world full of digital connectivity and all, almost 23% of people use their devices with the default password (sounds fishy), and Shodan is all you need. It is basically a search engine which lets the user search for vulnerable devices all over the world. You can also apply filters according to your needs.

It not only can locate laptops and desktops but it can also locate smart TV’s, smart refrigerators, power plants. It can be useful for security purposes as it can provide an insight into the computers connected on the same network. As Google Search can search any webpage on the internet, Shodan, on the other hand, can search any device connected to the internet. Shodan can locate any device in any region. So here we will guide you to use Shodan and how to infiltrate the vulnerable systems out there in the world.

Let’s get Started.

Step 1: Go to the Official Website-

Shodan- Hacker's Search Engine

Step 2: If you are new to Shodan, then sign up. The process is similar to any other website.

Step 3: After signing up, you have to verify your email by clicking on the link sent on your mail. Then you can sign in with your username and password.

Step 4: Here you can see the search engine on top, type anything you wish to see. For example, if you want to see all the internet connected devices in Italy having a default password then you can type “default password country: Italy”.

Step 5: If you are new to Shodan, then I recommend you to click on the explore option present on the right of the search bar to get feature categories, Top voted, Recently shared and so on.

Shodan Explore Option


Search Results

Step 6: Click on “Search” to execute your Shodan search. The Web page will refresh and display a list of all devices, or banners that match your search terms.

The Hacked Camera

Narrow your search using a series of filters in your string command. Common search filters include the following:

City: Users can limit search results to devices located by the city. For example, “city: NewYork”.
Country: Users can restrict search results to devices by country using the two-digit country code. For example, “country: US”.
Hostname: Users can limit search results to devices by the value in their hostname. For example, “”.
Operating system: Users can search for devices based on the operating system. For example, “Microsoft os: windows”.

You can apply any number of filters you like. The free version of Shodan does come with few restrictions but it works fine.

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