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

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What are the most relevant security events/incidents any company should monitor?

What are the most relevant security events/incidents any company should monitor using event management tools? Related to servers, antivirus, networks, etc.
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Incident database? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Resources for data on security incidents Do you know any websites where they put Information about Security Incidents that happened to organizations/people (e.g. ...
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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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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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Wireless Adapters for Testing with BackTrack

I would like to begin testing and working with BackTrack. I have heard that the Alfa AWUS036H wireless adapter works well with BackTrack and allows for packet injection. This adapter, however, is ...
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Automatic harvesting of hacked hosts and reporting to domain/site admin

With so many internet attacks out there, I just think it would be convenient (and quicker and wise) if there is a way to automatically harvest the hacked hosts that are used to launch internet ...
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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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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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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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System image that does not allow for recovery of deleted files?

We are working with an contractor regarding a compromised computer. The contractor has asked for a dd dump of the drive. However, my understanding is that dd would allow the contractor to recover ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Found some malicious Javascript - how did it get there?

Found some malicious javascript on a Joomla site which we noticed has returned after being deleted a week ago. Also noticed that www.cssstickyfooter.com is infected by the same code. If you're ...
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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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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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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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Legal process for suing joejobber?

I'm currently being joejobbed, and want to sue the joejobber. Details: I have real damages: the joejob causes me to receive fake bounces, which: stop/delay my receipt of legitimate mail, since ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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IR Jump Bag - What kind of bag/container to use?

I am working on putting together an Incident Response Jump Bag (detailed here). Any suggestions on what type of container/bag to use for this? It seems like a lot of little items that could be ...
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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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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 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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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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“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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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 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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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 ...