We have decided to take a look at the awesome Metadata analyzer titled “FOCA”. The FOCA metadata analyzer is an freeware application which you can use to analyze websites and online networks for Metadata and additional information.
The information which is collected by the FOCA tool allows security professionals to harden their online environments and websites against metadata collecting techniques.
Metadata is information which is often included in various files to provide an summary about the file without opening the file directly. Metadata information can provide hackers to insight which they need to perform an successful social engineering attack or malware infection attack. The collected metadata can provide hackers information about the versions and the software’s which are used by the targeted environment.
For example, if the metadata information shows that an outdated version of Adobe is being used, then the hacker or cybercriminal might be able to use an known exploit for that specific Adobe software.
FOCA Free Metadata Analyzer
To show you how FOCA works, we have decided to run the FOCA metadata analyzer on the Cyberwarzone.com website.
FOCA: New Project
The first time when you load the FOCA tool, you will have to navigate to the “Project” button and click on the “New project” button.
This step will show you a new window, which requires information about the target.
Once you have provided all the information which is required, you can click on the “Create” button.
The next step which we will take is the “Network” step. Click on the “Network” label which you can find in the left screen. Once you have clicked on the “Network” label, a new screen will be shown. We will click on “Start” to start the Network step in FOCA.