Hunting the initial vector - story of a hack

Thursday, 9 February 2006, 10:28 AM EST

The first hack of the year came earlier than expected for 2006, only hours into the year and a host fell victim to attackers. The network under attack is laid out something like below. The firewall/snort box is a Sguil sensor that runs snort, captures full content and also TCP session data. The sensor has around 200GB of disk space which is normally good to keep full pcap data for about two weeks. Alerts and session data are pushed up to a central Sguil database server.

At ecs.soton.ac.uk

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