I was recently pointed towards www.reportspammers.net, which is a good resource for all things spam related and is steadily increased the quantity and quality of the information available. As much as I like the statistics that can be gathered from honeypot systems, live and real stats are even better and the data utilised by Report Spammers is taken from the email clusters run by Email Cloud.
Yesterday I got curious:
When you power on your primary machine on, how many ways could someone get in contact with you? email/twitter/etc
As part of a new and improved environment I’ve just finished building up a new Dionaea system. Despite the ease at which I found the install of my original system I received a lot a feedback that others had a fair amount of difficulty during system build. So this time around I decided to pay closer attention to by progress to try and assist others going through the same process.
Last night (2010-01-20) I had the pleasure of attending the launch event for NEBytes. North East Bytes (NEBytes) is a User Group covering the North East and Cumbrian regions of the United Kingdom. We have technical meetings covering Development and IT Pro topics every month. Topics: Sharepoint, Silverlight and Hyper-V
Since reading Virtual Honeypots I’ve been wanting to implement a HoneyD system, developed by Niels Provos. From it’s own site, HoneyD is a small daemon that creates virtual hosts on a network. The hosts can be configured to run arbitrary services, and their personality can be adapted so that they appear to be running certain operating systems. Honeyd enables a single host to claim multiple addresses – I have tested up to 65536 – on a LAN for network simulation. Honeyd improves cyber security by providing mechanisms for threat detection and assessment. It also deters adversaries by hiding real systems in the middle of virtual systems.
It took longer than I had wanted, but I have just finished reading through Virtual Honeypots: From Botnet Tracking to Intrusion Detection. The book is written by Niels Provos, creator of HoneyD (among other things) and Thorsten Holz. Given the authors I had high expectation when the delivery came through, thankfully it didn’t disappoint.