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Guide to Sniffing HTTP Passwords with Cain

[alert type=red ]This article is published for educational purposes only in order to rectify the bugs on HTTP security and how easily they can be hacked or cracked using a simple software.[/alert]


Retrieving the username and password of a user without his permission is called sniffing. It is also a type of hacking which can be applied on low-level secure devices without a high level knowledge in computers. We are using our local network to demonstrate the Sniffing.


[alert type=red ]HTTPS cannot be cracked through this method only HTTP based sites and servers can be sniffed.[/alert]


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– Computer with admin account.

– Connected to the network you are trying to sniff.

Cain and Abel software.

– Little common sense.


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First of all you need to install the software Cain and Abel on your computer and run it as administrator.

While starting up, if it gives a warning that firewall is turned then simply click on “OK”.


1. Click on “Sniffer” highlighted in image below.


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2. Click on “Configure” circled in the image.


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3. Select your Network card. You can easily identify a working Network card by looking whether it has an IP address or not. A working Network card will have an IP address and Subnet mask. Then Click on “OK”.


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(a) First activate sniffer mode by simply clicking on the green object.

(b) Then click on the Blue plus sign.


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5. Simply click on “OK”. It will scan all the active devices connected to the network.


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6. Click on “APR” highlighted in image.


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7. Click on the blank space and then once again on that on blue plus sign.


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8. Select the modem or the server and then the user you want to sniff. You can select multiple users at time and sniff there username and passwords.


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9. Click on yellow icon to start the APR. After clicking, software will start poisoning the victim.


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10. You need to wait for the user to login. Once the victim logs in, you can find the username and password. Click on “Passwords” highlighted in the image.


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11. Click on HTTP and you will able to see the passwords the software caught.


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