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Python for Secret Agents - Volume II - Second Edition

By : Steven F. Lott, Steven F. Lott
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Python for Secret Agents - Volume II - Second Edition

By: Steven F. Lott, Steven F. Lott

Overview of this book

Python is easy to learn and extensible programming language that allows any manner of secret agent to work with a variety of data. Agents from beginners to seasoned veterans will benefit from Python's simplicity and sophistication. The standard library provides numerous packages that move beyond simple beginner missions. The Python ecosystem of related packages and libraries supports deep information processing. This book will guide you through the process of upgrading your Python-based toolset for intelligence gathering, analysis, and communication. You'll explore the ways Python is used to analyze web logs to discover the trails of activities that can be found in web and database servers. We'll also look at how we can use Python to discover details of the social network by looking at the data available from social networking websites. Finally, you'll see how to extract history from PDF files, which opens up new sources of data, and you’ll learn about the ways you can gather data using an Arduino-based sensor device.
Table of Contents (12 chapters)
Python for Secret Agents Volume II
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We can learn more about an IP address using the Whois program. For agents with Linux or Mac OS X, the Whois program is built-in. Agents using Windows may want to download and install a whois program. See for more information.

The Whois program will examine the various registries used to track the names of servers on the internet. It will provide whatever information is available for a given server. This often includes the name of a person or organization that owns the server.

We'll start by using the built-in whois program. An alternative is to make a REST API request to a whois service using urllib. We're going to defer making REST API requests to the Chapter 3, Following the Social Network.

The Whois program makes a request of a server and displays the results. The request is a single line of text, usually containing a domain name or IP address. The response from the server is a flood of text providing information...