Packet capture logs Internet Protocol (IP) packets for analysis and review. Network administrators do this to inspect traffic for security vulnerabilities. In a breach or hack, packet capture can reveal crucial information.

On the other hand, an attacker can exploit packet capture to steal private data and other resources. Unlike active spying techniques like port scamming, packet capture doesn’t leave any traces that security analysts can analyze.  

Versions of PCAP

Packet Capture Benefits

Drawbacks of Packet Capture