What are horizontal or vertical scans ?

Horizontal Scan

A horizontal scan is described as scan against a group of IPs for a single port.

Vertical Scan

A vertical scan is described as a single IP being scanned for multiple ports.

Box Scanning

A combination of both vertical and horizontal scans.

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