You may already be familiar with the phishing technique as I have posted some articles over it ( The articles is here ), However still you don’t understood it then I should tell you here again that phishing is such an act where hacker makes a duplicate page I must say login page of any website and in the login fields he makes some changing’s like he embeds a logger script in those login forum fields, thus as a result what you type in those fields is logged and are pasted in a text file on that server where that phishing duplicate page is hosted to fool you. Thus you email and password are sent to hacker as those login fields are for “email address” and “password” ultimately in the end you are redirected to original login page. You should read following posts to understand this in detail:- In phishing :
1. Attacker convinces the victim to click on the link of fake login page which resembles a genuine login page.
2. Victim enters his credentials in fake login page that goes to attacker.
3. Victim is then redirected to an error page or genuine website depending on attacker.
But main drawback in phishing is that victim can easily differentiate between fake and real login page by looking at the domain name. We can overcome this in desktop phishing by spoofing domain name.
In desktop phishing:
1. Attacker sends an executable/batch file to victim and victim is supposed to double click on it. Attacker's job is done.
2. Victim types the domain name of original/genuine website and is taken to our fake login page. But the domain name remains the same as typed by victim and victim doesn't come to know.
3. Rest of the things are same as in normal phishing.
What is Hosts File?
The hosts file is a text file containing domain names and IP address associated with them.
Location of hosts files in windows: C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\
Whenever we visit any website, say www.anything.com, an query is sent to Domain Name Server (DNS) to look up for the IP addressassociated with that website/domain. But before doing this the hosts file on our local computer is checked for the IP address associated to the domain name.
Suppose we make an entry in hosts file as shown. When we visit www.anywebsite.com , we would
be taken to this 188.8.131.52. No query for resolving IP address associated with www.anywebsite.com would be sent to DNS.
What is attack?
I hope you have got an idea that how modification of this hosts file on victim's computer can be misused. We need to modify victim's hosts file by adding the original domain name and IP address of our fake website /phishing page. Whenever victim would visit the originalwebsite, he would be directed to our fake login page and domain name in the URL box would remain original as typed by victim. Hence domain name is spoofed.
Two Steps to perform attack:
1. Create and host phishing page on your computer.
2. Modify victim's host file
Since the webhosting sites like 110mb.com,ripway.com etc where we usually upload our phishing page do not provide a IP that points to fake website like www.anything.110mb.com. An IP address points to a web server and not a website. So we need to host the phishing page on our computer using web server software like wamp or xampp.
Step 2. This step can performed in two different ways.
Method 1 - Send victim a zip file containing modified host file. When Zip file would be clicked, it would automatically replace victim's original hosts file with modified hosts file.
Copy your hosts file and paste it anywhere. Modify it according to yourself..Edit it with any text editor and associate your public IP address with domain you wish as show.
Like in this case , when victim would visit gmail.com , he would be taken to website hosted on IP 'xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx'.Replace it with your public IP.Compress hosts file such that when victim opens it, it automatically gets copied to default location C:\Windows\system32\drivers\etc and victim's hosts file get replaced by our modified hosts file.
Then you can bind this file with any exe ( using a binder or directly give it to victim. He is supposed to click it and you are done.
Method 2 - Create a batch file which would modify hosts file as per your need.