Read on to find out more on what hydra is and how it is used by hackers to crack password in matter of hours! Be it email, ftp or Facebook! With the right set of skills, you can do whatever you want with it as long as it is in the area you are allowed to. In this article, I will be writing a quick description on how to install it and how to use it on a basic level.

What it is

A very fast network logon cracker which support many different services.
Have a look at the feature sets and services coverage page – including a speed comparison against ncrack and medusa!


With this tool, you can generally crack any types of accounts you can think of.



Installing HYDRA-THC

I am using an Ubuntu for this case

1.) wget
2.) tar -xzvf hydra-6.2-src.tar.gz
3.) cd hydra-6.2-src
4.) ./configure
5.) make
6.) sudo make install
7.) hydra

Note: Make sure you have OpenSSL installed!  I had a problem testing on if I had no OpenSSL install, the error was “530 5.7.0 Must issue a STARTTLS command first”.  I did two things to overcome this problem.

2.) sudo apt-get install libssl-dev

How to crack an email



3 Responses to “THC-HYDRA”

  1. Medusa Parallel Network Login Auditor by Foofus « Genesis Database Says:

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  2. Elalcon Says:

    Is interesting, I am having problems whit hydra in that error, but i do not know what is happening because I have installed openssl-dev from karmic repos.

    Some idea, I am using this command

    hydra -l -P pass/MyCustomDic.txt -o ClaveRecuperada.txt -s 587 smtp-auth LOGIN

  3. genesisdatabase Says:

    Using smtp-auth shows that you are using an older version am I right? I’m not sure if the arguments are correct but if it is, what are the errors you’re seeing, is it “530 5.7.0 Must issue a STARTTLS command first”? Have you tried one of these:

    2.) sudo apt-get install libssl-dev

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