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Passive footprinting is a method in which the attacker never makes contact with the target systems. The downside to the active method for an attacker is that many companies may log contact between an attacker and the target system.
These tools and resources can assist you in obtaining more information about your target without ever ‘touching’ the target’s environment.
- Whois: https://whois.icann.org/en
- Google Hacking Database
- Social Media
- Job Sites
- Public Website / Press Releases
- Same IP
- DNS Recon