The Security, Legal, Ethical, Social And Responsibility Issues Of Port Scanning

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Legality of Port Scanning Kevin Zheng Abstract In this paper I will discuss the security, legal, ethical, social and responsibility issues of port scanning. The tool being covered in this exam being used for port scanning is called nmap. Several options will be dicussed on how to use the tool. Then there will be some discussion on the legal cases that was centered around port scanning. At the end is a discussion on my opinions of port scanning over all. Introduction Port scanning has many issue surrounding it. Port scanning is “one of the most fundamental techniques that a hacker can use to being an attack. Many systems can reveal vast amounts of infrmaiton from being scanned.” (Jamieson, 2001, p. 2). Ports are essentially connection pathways that services use to communicate on the internet. Ports are similar to telephone numbers in a commercial building. A building may have one number, however to reach specific people inside, your call may be rerouted to a person’s extension in order to get connected to that person. A port scanning is essentially calling a building or business and then trying to reach all possible extensions and see who answers. If the person does not pick up, you may hear in their voicemail who they are. In port scanning, an attacker may be scanning the entire range of ports, or extensions, from port 0 to port 65535. There are generally a few standard ports that are tied to

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