a system designed to lure attackers towards it in order to learn about new attacks or to draw attention away from the real system

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Is a honeypot an effective deterrent to hackers successfully compromising your network?

According to Microsoft, adding a honeypot to your corporate network is an effective way to deter hackers from compromising your network. Aren't honeypots more for research purposes and not ideal for ...
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Is it possible to detect a honeypot? [closed]

Do techniques exists to know if a machine is a honeypot (or suspicious indicators)? What techniques can be used for a software inside the honeypot or outside it? What techniques uses malware to ...
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Honeypot on home network to help me learn

I'm a pretty decent (IMO) web app penetration tester, but I'm eager to expand my knowledge of other areas of security. Given that I've just taken on something of an enhanced sysadmin role at my work, ...
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Can someone get my WPA2 password with honeypots?

Yesterday I went to my cousin's home and I saw that I'm not connected to his wireless (for internet access). Then I have looked up the list of wireless points. I have found his name and clicked it ...
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Attract Brute Force SSH Attacks

I posted a question on Server Fault, but got downvoted and had the question closed. One of the comments suggested looking over here, so here goes: For my senior project, I'm working on an ...
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Setting up a honeypot

I have a spare computer lying around at my house, so I decided to turn it into a honeypot. So far, I have installed Windows XP (no service pack) on it and have set up rules on my router to forward ...
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Recommendations for honeypot software

A couple of us wanted to setup a honeypot/honeynet with the goal of learning; not planned to be in a production environment. What's a good recommendation for a high interaction or low interaction ...
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Profiling hackers with keystroke dynamics

I am writing a research paper on tracking hackers and how to include keystroke timings to create a profile of hackers. I want to combine the keystroke timings that I capture in ttylog with other data ...
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Using “canaries” to detect intrusion?

I haven't read much about such a technique, but I'm wondering if there's any sort of best practice around the use of "canaries" to detect certain types of intrusion: Create a bogus account that ...
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Suggestion setting up a SQL injection honeypot

I just stumbled on a website vulnerable to an SQL injection attack by mistake ( http://stackoverflow.com/questions/6181248/is-this-site-vulnerable-to-an-sql-injection-attack ). That made me curious ...
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Do honeywords add any real security?

This paper proposes the concept of honeywords for detecting if a password database has been compromised. As far as I understand it works like this: You save n password hashes for each user, one that ...
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Does WPA2 Enterprise mitigate evil twin attacks?

One of the dangers of using WPA2-PSK is the possibility that an attacker may setup another wireless network with the same SSID and even use the same access point MAC address via MAC spoofing. The ...
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Risks of running Honeypot [specific setup]

I'm planning to run a Honeypot with the following network setup: In order to avoid the honeypot coming in direct contact with my Internal network, I put it behind a firewall configured on a Linux ...
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How to operate a honeypot in the cloud?

Just finished reading "Honeypot on home network to help me learn", and the top-voted/selected answer that suggest deploying a honeypot to the cloud, but the answer does not say how to do it; also, ...
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Profiling attackers via adaptive games: “Strange game, the only winning move is not to play”

Use of Game Design to Profile Attackers: Interested in any research that links concepts in game design to security systems in an effort to profile the attacker's identity, motives, skills, etc.; if ...
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How to attract traffic to a honeypot

I have set up a honeypot, but I am not happy with the low traffic load and I would like to trigger much higher traffic levels. What methods would attract high bot activity? These are the ideas I ...
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Know of any HTTP tarpits/blackholes to use for redirecting malicious traffic?

So I cleaned up some malicious PHP scripts from a client's site and I've been monitoring for follow up connections to the scripts. Of course, I've found a LOT of IPs requesting the files. Too many ...
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Honeyd: log grows too fast

I'm having trouble with honeyd log; it grows way too fast. I started the honeyd daemon with honeyd -l /var/log/honeypot/honey.log -u 1000 -g 1000 -f honeyd.conf /var/log/honeypot/honey.log is 1+ ...
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How to understand QEBEK (Honeypot Monitoring Tool)?

I am working from a while to find something meaningful or updated about QEBEK, but what i got is here in two links Intro and KYT Paper for Installation 2010 . These links are nothing more that a ...
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What is it called when you give hackers a way in?

Is there a name for a system that is designed to be hacked into? (Alternatively, there may be a different name for a system that is designed to look like it is hacked in to, but is actually just ...
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Setting up home lab with Snort and Vyatta - looking for resource recommendations or advice

I'm looking to turn a new desktop (Ubuntu 12.10-64bit) I built into a virtual home lab for testing and experimenting with various security things. The first setup I would like to try running is the ...
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Windows Honeypot user account for tracking laptop

I've been wanting to create a dummy "Honeypot" user account on my Windows 7 laptop in case of theft. My question is: Has anyone come across useful resources and tips for doing this? Is there a way ...
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How Honeypot and Greynet are different?

From what I have read about Greynet is, when we are talking about greynet, we are simply placing darknet inside network to monitor if someone is performing network scanning inside our network. These ...
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Why did this attack use 0.0.0.0 as IP address and why did it work?

Working through this exercise in network forensics, the attacker used a buffer overflow exploit to send commands to the victim's command prompt. The commands open an FTP session and download some ...
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Are honeypots successful in preventing attacks?

I've been looking to set up a honeypot, but it seems that honeyd's source code is out of date, and there are few other options. Which brings me to the question, does anyone employ honeypots as a ...
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How do honeypots remain secure to 0days and newer exploits?

If honeypots are designed for a specific set of exploits, such as SQL injection and XSS, how do they protect themselves against other exploits? For instance, if I created a honeypot a few months ago, ...
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What are the dangers of exposing weakly protected user accounts bound with a fake shell over ssh?

As anyone running a server can tell from first-hand experience, there are bots trying to constantly brute force their way through with commonly found usernames over SSH. A friend of mine created a ...
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Where to submit collected malware from my honeypot?

wondering if you could help me. i setup the Dionaea honeypot and have collected 6 or 7 malware files. Unfortunately upon checking the Dionaea logs it keeps giving the error "Couldn't resolve host" for ...
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High Interaction Honeypot design

I've been writing a high interaction honeypot which has required some interesting design decisions, for instance I want the honeypot to get attacked not the underlying infrastructure/ software. Fun ...
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Collect infected email attachments

I am having catch-all mailboxes for a lot of domains. The mails I receive for them are either spam or have viruses or trojans attached. So far I am just throwing them away, but I wondered if it ...
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Setting up a honeypot to detect malicious network activity

So in the world of networks, people try to gain access to the client machine and perform lateral movement. Honeypots are often used to give them an easy access point and show them an unfavorable or ...
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How to set up a network for a honeypot?

This is a follow up for How to set up a Virtual Machine for a Honeypot?. After setting up your Virtual Machine. You need to make sure that your network is properly configured so you don't end up ...
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Why are honeypots not widely deployed?

From what I understand honeypots in addition to honey tokens are meant to prevent malicious insiders. Given recent high profile cases involving malicious insiders (Snowden), why are honeypots not ...
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How do you analyze the data collected from honeypot software?

So you've successfully setup a honeypot. GREAT! Now what?! I've got all this amazing data but; How do you analyze all the data collected from your honeypot software? What should you be looking for? ...
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What is a decoy-server?

I see that the term "decoy-server" is often used but I am not able to find a more formal definition for it. Can someone help? E.g ...
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How to forward an specific FTP User to a Honeypot?

What I'm trying to do is to forward a specific FTP-User to a Honeypot, because the main server is for Shared Hosting and there's a lot of traffic, and I don't want to spend all the resources in ...
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What is the alternative tool for Honeypots? [closed]

Nowadays the tools of Honeypots are not reliable as before, because an attacker with some knowledge can detect it and override its power. So if I want something with the same characteristics as the ...
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Honeyd Isn't Detecting Loud Scans [closed]

I've got the Honeyd honeypot in one virtual machine (kali) and nmap in another (ubuntu), the config file looks like this: create default set default default tcp action closed set default default udp ...
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Interesting article on a vulnerability found in Tor

This article describes how French researchers compromised users using Tor. I'm not sure I fully understand or agree with it. I don't see what Bit Torrent has to do with anything? I mean they start out ...
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Allowing root login, but denying any actual logins

A friend told me a few months ago about an audit where he discovered root logins were enabled via SSH. This obviously ended up on the report, but when questioned the admin told him that he had set up ...
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How do I setup honeypot server on Windows 7?

Background I would like to setup a honeypot server on a Windows 7 PC. My system is not part of a network and I don't run a server. I have a Windows 7 desktop PC. It's Home Premium Anytime Upgrade ...
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Detect host lookups against a domain/subdomain name

I want to detect, with as much accuracy as possible, the IP address of any remote host performing a DNS lookup of my domain name (eg. nslookup mydomain123.com) and any subdomains as well if possible. ...
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Transparent way to send logs from honeypot to logging server

Does anyone know of a secure and transparent method of sending logs from a honeypot server on a DMZ to a logging server in a private network?. The logs must be encrypted and sent in such a way that a ...
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Suricata IPS rules for honeypot

I have a really simple high interaction honeypot and I have just installed a VM as an IPS (suricata) with a transparent bridge between my router and the honeypot. The setup looks something like this: ...
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How to lure a Hacker?

I am suspecting someone unauthorized is trying to or already in the network trying to get information on some data that we have. How can I lure this person to a "Honeypot" and gather information while ...
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What is the current U.S. law regarding the building of and deployment of honeypots? [closed]

I have lots of links to information on the topic that I've gathered published since the mid-2000s and this SANS document has always been my goto: ...
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How to set up a Virtual Machine for a Honeypot?

On this thread, it's stated that it's probably a good idea to use a VM for your honeypot. I believe this is because; Comparative data is easier when comparing 2 exact images. Host/Network Security ...
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Tracing an IP from a mobile broadband ISP

My honeypot caught a hack attempt from an IP that was issued by Three Mobile Broadband (UK). My immediate thought was that most probable explanation was that the user was in the UK and had his ...
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running botnet for analysis

I a very curious to understand botnets practically. I want to run a p2p botnet (storm or waledac) for analysis and learning. I have mainly two issues: Where can i get access to binaries of either ...
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How can Joe Citizen report or at least hamper a phone-based PC scammer?

Within the last week, I've received 3 phone calls at 3 different locations from technicians who are calling "from Microsoft" about "Windows problems" that they've detected on my PC. Which they ...