“The text is comprehensive, an honest survey of every honeypot technology I had ever heard of and a number I read about for the first time.” –Stephen Northcutt. Honeypots: tracking hackers /‚Äč Lance Spitzner. Author. Spitzner, Lance. Published. Boston: Addison-Wesley, c Content Types. text. Carrier Types. By Lance Spitzner; Published Sep 10, by Addison-Wesley Professional. Honeypots: Tracking Hackers is the ultimate guide to this rapidly growing.

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Register your product to gain access to bonus material or receive a coupon. This book really delivers new information and insight about one of the most compelling information security technologies today. Honeypots are unique technological systems specifically designed to be probed, attacked, or compromised by an online attacker.

Implementing a honeypot provides you with an unprecedented ability to take the offensive against hackers.

Whether used as simple “burglar alarms,” incident response systems, or tools for gathering information about hacker motives and tactics, honeypots can add serious firepower to your security arsenal. Spjtzner Hackers is the ultimate guide to this rapidly growing, cutting-edge technology. The book starts with a basic examination of honeypots and the different roles they can play, and then moves on to in-depth explorations of six specific kinds of real-world honeypots: Honeypots also includes a chapter dedicated to legal issues surrounding honeypot use.

Written with the guidance of three legal experts, this section explores issues of privacy, entrapment, and liability. With this book you will gain an understanding of honeypot concepts and architecture, as well as the skills to deploy the best honeypot solutions for your environment.

You will arm yourself with the expertise needed to track attackers and learn about them on your own. Security professionals, researchers, law enforcement agents, and members of the intelligence and military communities will find this book indispensable. The Value of Honeypots. Click below for Sample Chapter s related to this title: My Fascination with Honeypots.

The Lure of Honeypots. It began as an innocent probe. A strange IP address was examining an unused service on my system. In this case, a computer based in Korea was attempting to connect to an RPC service on my computer.

There is no reason why anyone would want to access this service, especially someone in Korea. Something was definitely up. Immediately following the probe, my Intrusion Detection System screamed an alert, an exploit had just been launched, my system was under assault!

Seconds after the attack an intruder broke into my computer, executed several commands, then took total control of the system. My computer had just been hacked! I was elated, I could not have been happier. Welcome to the exciting world of honeypots where we turn the tables on the badguys. Most of the security books you read today cover a variety of concepts and technologies, almost all are about keeping blackhats out. This book is different. It is about keeping the badguys in. It’s about building computers that you want to be hacked.

Traditionally, security has been purely defensive. There has been little an organization could do to take the initiative, to take the battle to the bad guys. Honeypots change the rules, they are a technology that allows organizations to take the offensive. Honeypots come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Everything from a simple Windows system emulating a few services, to an entire network of productions systems waiting to be hacked.


Honeypots also have a variety of values. Everything from a burglar alarm that detects an intruder, to a research tool that can be used to study the motives of the blackhat community. Honeypots are unique in that they are not a single tool to solve a specific problem. Instead, they are a highly flexible technology that can fulfill a variety of different roles. It is up to you how you want to use and deploy these technologies. In this book, we explain what a honeypot is, how they work, and the different values this unique technology can have.

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We then go into detail on six different honeypot technologies. We take you through step-by-step how these honeypot solutions work, their advantages and disadvantages, and what a real attack looks like spifzner each honeypot. Finally, we cover deployment and maintenance issues of honeypots. The goal of this book is to not just give you an understanding of honeypot concepts and architecture, but to give you the skills and experience to deploy the best honeypot solutions for your environment.

Throughout the book are examples based on real world experiences, almost all the attacks discussed are based on real world incidents.

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You will see the blackhat community at their best, and honeypos at their worst. Best of all, you will arm yourself with the skills and knowledge to spktzner these attackers and learn about them on your own. I have been actively using honeypots for many years.

I find them to be absolutely fascinating. They are an exciting technology that not only teaches you a great deal about blackhats, but also a great deal about yourself and security in general. I hope you enjoy this book as much as I have enjoyed writing and learning about honeypot technologies. This book is intended for the security professional.

Anyone involved in protecting or securing computer resources will find this resource valuable.

It is the first publication dedicated to honeypot technologies, a tool that more and more computer security professionals will want to take advantage of once they understand ,ance power and flexibility. Due to honeypots’ unique capabilities, other individuals and organizations will be extremely interested in this book.

Military organizations can apply these technologies to Cyberwarfare. Universities and security research organizations will find tremendous value tracing the material concerning research honeypots.

Intelligence organizations can apply this book to intelligence and counter-intelligence activities. Members of law enforcement can use this material for capturing of criminal activities.

Honeypots : Tracking Hackers

Legal professionals will find chapter fifteen to be one of the first definitive resources concerning the legal issues of honeypots. It includes everything from whitepapers and hackes code to actual evaluation copies of software and data captures of real attacks. This will give you the hands on opportunity to develop your skills with honeypot technologies.

This book will have a Web site dedicated to it. The purpose of the Web site is to keep this material updated. If any discrepancies or mistakes are identified in the book, the Web site will have updates and correction. For hhoneypots, if any of the URLs mentioned in the book have changed or been removed, the Web site will have the latest links.

Also, new technologies are always being developed and deployed. Visit the Web site to stay current with the latest in honeypot technologies. Each chapter ends with a references section. The purpose is to provide you with resources to gain additional information about topics discussed in the book. Examples of references include Web sites that focus on securing operating systems and books that specialize in forensic analysis.


This is the guy whose cell phone voice message says, “I’m busy geeking out right now, but leave a message, and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.

I sometimes wonder if there are actually two of him. His enthusiasm for what he’s doing bleeds over into all aspects of his life. Ideas for cool stuff erupt from him like a volcano and swirl around him, sucking in casual bystanders and students alike. It’s somewhat intimidating to share a sputzner with him at a conference.

He makes just about everyone else look uninteresting and tepid by comparison. Lance is a man who loves what he’s doing, and what he loves doing is tracking hackers, sharing that information, and making a difference. A lot goneypots people like to reserve the term “hacker” for the techno-elite computer hobbyist–those media darlings often described as “misunderstood whiz-kids” or similar nonsense. One of the great by-products of Lance’s work with goneypots and honeynets is that he’s helped give us a much clearer picture of the hacker in action: What’s that–you don’t believe it?

Honeypots: Tracking Hackers

Set up your own honeypot or honeynet and see for yourself. This book gives you the necessary tools and concepts to do it! I think it’s a great thing for the security community that Lance has written this book. In the past, the hackers roamed our networks with supreme confidence in their anonymity.

They take advantage of systems they’ve compromised to chat with their buddies safely or to spitznre attacks against other systems and sites without fear of detection. Now, however, they may pause to wonder if their bases of operation are safe–whether they’re actually planning their attacks and deploying their tricks under a microscope. Honeypots are going to become a critical weapon in the good guys’ arsenals.

They don’t catch only the lame hackers. Sometimes they catch the hacksrs tools and are able to reduce their effectiveness in the wild by letting security practitioners quickly react before they become widespread. They don’t catch just the script kiddies outside your firewall but the hackers who work for your own company.

They don’t catch just unimportant stuff; sometimes they catch industrial spies. They can be time- and effort-consuming to set up and operate, but they’re fun, instructive, and a terrific way for a good guy to gain an education on computer forensics in a real-world, low-risk environment.

Right now there are about a half-dozen commercial honeypot products on the market. Lance covers several of them in this book, as well as “homemade” honeypots and honeynets, focusing on how they operate, their value, how to implement hackeds, and their respective advantages. I predict that within one year, there will be dozens of commercial honeypots. Within two years, there will be a hundred.

This is all good news for the good guys because it’ll make it easier for us to deploy honeypots and harder for the bad guys to recognize and avoid them all.