For as long as I have been doing forensics, or more specifically, live response, there has been a lot of value in reviewing a Windows system’s network connections during an investigation--in fact this is recognized as standard practice. There are many reasons to do so, however, this work is essentially done to find an anomaly, something suspicious.
Incident response investigation usually involves the collection and analysis of a vast amount of evidence, including analysis of processes being executed. Looking at their timing and their ancestors provides researchers an initial understanding of what happened on the machine being investigated.
Note: This blog is an updated version of a piece originally published in the March 2017 edition of eForensics Magazine
As a security researcher and part-time Incident Response (IR) analyst, I know that fine details are of paramount importance. The role requires ongoing research to understand an attacker’s actions on compromised machines. A typical research process requires examining hundreds, or even thousands, of artifacts to find the needle in the haystack.
As a deceptions researcher, part of my job is to design deceptions against attackers by manipulating or reverse-engineering the common toolkits attackers use. Deceptions are pieces of false information that are planted across the organization and appear as real, relevant information to the attacker. For example, browser deceptions — pieces of information specifically planted in browser history, saved forms, etc. — can be created to lure malicious hackers and insiders to deceptive web servers. In this article, we will show how phishing can be used to catch attackers and how phishing kits can be used for defensive purposes.
Most people in cybersecurity are familiar with the Black Hat conference. But whether you know about Black Hat Arsenal depends on how involved you are in the bits and bytes of information security. Some regard Arsenal as one of the best features of the conference. According to the web site, Arsenal allows “independent researchers and the open source community [to] showcase their latest open-source tools and products” in a relaxed, demo-style setting.