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Configuring Logstash and Kibana to receive and Dashboard Sonicwall Logs

Note: If you want to quickly download my Logstash config and Kibana dashboards, see the end of this post.

Locate and Update your Logstash.conf File
First, you must update your logstash configuration file, generally located in /etc/logstash or /etc/logstash/conf.d/ and named logstash.conf

Add a logstash input
In logstash.conf, you must first add an input which will allow logstash to receive the syslog from your Sonicwall appliance along with a designated “listening” port. For my configuration, I set this to port 5515. In my logstash instance, I am using Suricata SELKs, so you can also see a file input for that prior to my Sonicwall input. See below (the text highlighted in RED was the text I added to the config file).

input {
file {
path => [“/var/log/suricata/eve.json”]
#sincedb_path => [“/var/lib/logstash/”]
sincedb_path => [“/var/cache/logstash/sincedbs/since.db”]
codec => json
type => “SELKS”
syslog {
type => Sonicwall
port => 5515

Insert a logstash Filter
The next step is to insert a new filter for parsing your sonicwall logs, this is so that Logstash knows how to automatically create fields so that you can filter on specific fields in Syslog. Below is the text that I added to the configuration file.  Important: You must make sure that if you have pre-existing filters, your start and end curly braces appropriately open and close and in the filter section the text below incorporated into the filter bracketed text.

if [type] == “Sonicwall” {
kv {
exclude_keys => [ “c”, “id”, “m”, “n”, “pri” ]
grok {
match => [ “src”, “%{IP:srcip}:%{DATA:srcinfo}” ]
grok {
match => [ “dst”, “%{IP:dstip}:%{DATA:dstinfo}” ]
grok {
remove_field => [ “srcinfo”, “dstinfo” ]
geoip {
add_tag => [ “geoip” ]
source => “srcip”
database => “/opt/logstash/vendor/geoip/GeoLiteCity.dat”

Configure the Parsed Output Location
Finally, you need to configure the output for the config file. The output is to send into the logstash instance. Below is the configuration for this. In this case, my logstash instance is sending to localhost because it is running on the same box.


output {
elasticsearch {
host => “”
protocol => transport

Configure the Sonicwall
Next you will need to configure your Sonicwall to send syslog messages to the logstash server. Login to your sonicwall, go to “Log->Syslog and then add a server x.x.x.x with port 5515.

Next you’ll need to turn on Sonicwall Name Resolution for Logs
Go to Log->Name Resolution and make sure to setup a DNS server to resolve names. Otherwise, the src and dst fields in the Kibana dashboards will not have names and show double IP address entries.

Finally, you’ll need to configure dashboards in Kibana. To make all of this easier, I’ve included all my files below that can be easily downloaded.

Logstash Configuration *Use Right-Click and Save As*

Kibana Dashboards
(To Import go into Kibana and select “Load” then go to “Advanced and click on “Load File”)

  • Sonic-Alerts (Filters the Top Alert Messages from the Sonicwall Syslog
  • Sonic Top (Filters the Top Source and Destination hosts and events associated with your sonicwall.


Optimized Squid Config for Squid v4.0.4

For those of you who are squid optimization geeks. Below is my latest iteration of the squid.conf file I am now using for 4.0.4

#Recommended minimum configuration:
always_direct allow all

# 3 workers, using worker #1 as the frontend is important

# Example rule allowing access from your local networks.
# Adapt to list your (internal) IP networks from where browsing
# should be allowed
acl localnet src
acl localnet src fc00::/7
acl localnet src fe80::/10 # RFC1918 possible internal network
acl Safe_ports port 1-65535 # RFC1918 possible internal network
acl CONNECT method GET POST HEAD OPTIONS CONNECT PUT DELETE # RFC1918 possible internal network
#acl block-fnes urlpath_regex -i .*/fnes/echo # RFC 4193 local private network range
acl noscan dstdomain symantecliveupdate.com liveupdate.symantec.com psi3.secunia.com update.immunet.com avstats.avira.com premium.avira-update.com 8f8fb293be49781da3e3229cd4469a18.da3e3.net # RFC 4291 link-local (directly plugged) machines

# Disable alternate protocols
request_header_access Alternate-Protocol deny all
reply_header_access Alternate-Protocol deny all

#acl video urlpath_regex -i \.(mpa|m2a|mpe|avi|mov|mpg|mpg3|mpg4|mpeg|m1s|mp2v|m2v|m2s|wmx|rm|rmvb|3pg|3gpp|omg|ogm|asf|asx|mp2|mp3|mp4|wmv|flv|ts|f4v|f4m)

# Recommended minimum Access Permission configuration:
# Only allow cachemgr access from localhost

no_cache deny noscan
always_direct allow noscan
#no_cache deny video
#always_direct allow video

# Deny requests to certain unsafe ports

# Deny CONNECT to other than secure SSL ports

# We strongly recommend the following be uncommented to protect innocent
# web applications running on the proxy server who think the only
# one who can access services on .localhost. is a local user
#http_access deny to_localhost

#cache_peer parent 8080 0 default no-query no-digest no-netdb-exchange
#never_direct allow all

# Example rule allowing access from your local networks.
# Adapt localnet in the ACL section to list your (internal) IP networks
# from where browsing should be allowed

http_access allow all

# allow localhost always proxy functionality

# And finally deny all other access to this proxy

# Squid normally listens to port 3128
pipeline_prefetch 7
read_ahead_gap 256 MB
client_request_buffer_max_size 4096 KB
request_header_max_size 2048 KB
reply_header_max_size 2048 KB
#quick_abort_min -1 KB
#quick_abort_pct 100
#range_offset_limit -1
eui_lookup off
http_port intercept disable-pmtu-discovery=always
connect_retries 1

client_persistent_connections on
server_persistent_connections on
detect_broken_pconn on

# We recommend you to use at least the following line.
#hierarchy_stoplist cgi-bin ?

# Uncomment and adjust the following to add a disk cache directory.
#cache_dir diskd /ssd/0 54000 32 256 Q1=256 Q2=144
#cache_dir diskd /ssd/1 54000 32 256 Q1=256 Q2=144
#cache_dir diskd /ssd/3 54000 32 256 Q1=256 Q2=144

#cache_dir diskd /ssd2/0 68000 32 256 Q1=256 Q2=144
#cache_dir diskd /ssd2/1 68000 32 256 Q1=256 Q2=144
#cache_dir diskd /ssd2/3 68000 32 256 Q1=256 Q2=144

cache_dir ufs /ssd/0 32000 1024 256
cache_dir ufs /ssd/1 32000 1024 256
cache_dir ufs /ssd/2 32000 1024 256
cache_dir ufs /ssd/3 32000 1024 256
cache_dir ufs /ssd/4 32000 1024 256
cache_dir ufs /ssd/5 32000 1024 256

cache_dir ufs /ssd2/0 43000 1024 256
cache_dir ufs /ssd2/1 43000 1024 256
cache_dir ufs /ssd2/2 43000 1024 256
cache_dir ufs /ssd2/3 43000 1024 256
cache_dir ufs /ssd2/4 43000 1024 256
cache_dir ufs /ssd2/6 43000 1024 256

store_dir_select_algorithm round-robin
#cache_replacement_policy heap GDSF
#memory_replacement_policy heap GDSF

# Leave coredumps in the first cache dir
coredump_dir /var/cache/squid

# Add any of your own refresh_pattern entries above these.
# General Rules
#cache images

refresh_pattern -i \.(gif|png|ico|jpg|jpeg|jp2|webp)$ 100000 90% 200000 override-expire reload-into-ims ignore-no-store ignore-private
refresh_pattern -i \.(jpx|j2k|j2c|fpx|bmp|tif|tiff|bif)$ 100000 90% 20000 override-expire reload-into-ims ignore-no-store ignore-private
refresh_pattern -i \.(pcd|pict|rif|exif|hdr|bpg|img|jif|jfif)$ 100000 90% 200000 override-expire reload-into-ims ignore-no-store ignore-private
refresh_pattern -i \.(woff|woff2|eps|ttf|otf|svg|svgi|svgz|ps|ps1|acsm|eot)$ 100000 90% 200000 override-expire reload-into-ims ignore-no-store ignore-private

#cache content
refresh_pattern -i \.(swf|js|ejs)$ 100000 90% 200000 override-expire reload-into-ims ignore-no-store ignore-private
refresh_pattern -i \.(wav|css|class|dat|zsci|ver|advcs)$ 100000 90% 200000 override-expire reload-into-ims ignore-no-store ignore-private

#cache videos
refresh_pattern -i \.(mpa|m2a|mpe|avi|mov|mpg|mpeg|mpg3|mpg4|mpg5)$ 0 90% 200000 reload-into-ims ignore-no-store ignore-private
refresh_pattern -i \.(m1s|mp2v|m2v|m2s|m2ts|wmx|rm|rmvb|3pg|3gpp|omg|ogm|asf|war)$ 0 90% 200000 reload-into-ims ignore-no-store ignore-private
refresh_pattern -i \.(asx|mp2|mp3|mp4|mp5|wmv|flv|mts|f4v|f4|pls|midi|mid)$ 0 90% 200000 reload-into-ims ignore-no-store ignore-private
refresh_pattern -i \.(htm|html)$ 9440 90% 200000 reload-into-ims ignore-no-store ignore-private
refresh_pattern -i \.(xml|flow|asp|aspx)$ 0 90% 200000
refresh_pattern -i \.(json)$ 0 90% 200000
refresh_pattern -i (/cgi-bin/|\?) 0 90% 200000

#live video cache rules
refresh_pattern -i \.(m3u8|ts)$ 0 90% 200000

#cache specific sites
refresh_pattern -i ^http:\/\/liveupdate.symantecliveupdate.com.*\(zip)$ 0 0% 0
refresh_pattern -i ^http:\/\/premium.avira-update.com.*\(gz) 0 0% 0
refresh_pattern -i microsoft.com/.*\.(cab|exe|msi|msu|msf|asf|wma|dat|zip)$ 4320 80% 43200
refresh_pattern -i windowsupdate.com/.*\.(cab|exe|msi|msu|msf|asf|wma|wmv)|dat|zip)$ 4320 80% 43200
refresh_pattern -i windows.com/.*\.(cab|exe|msi|msu|msf|asf|wmv|wma|dat|zip)$ 4320 80% 43200
refresh_pattern -i apple.com/.*\.(cab|exe|msi|msu|msf|asf|wmv|wma|dat|zip|dist)$ 0 80% 4320

#cache binaries
refresh_pattern -i \.(app|bin|deb|rpm|drpm|exe|zip|zipx|tar|tgz|tbz2|tlz|iso|arj|cfs|dar|jar)$ 100000 90% 200000 override-expire reload-into-ims ignore-no-store ignore-private
refresh_pattern -i \.(bz|bz2|ipa|ram|rar|uxx|gz|msi|dll|lz|lzma|7z|s7z|Z|z|zz|sz)$ 100000 90% 200000 override-expire reload-into-ims ignore-no-store ignore-private
refresh_pattern -i \.(exe|msi)$ 0 90% 200000
refresh_pattern -i \.(cab|psf|vidt|apk|wtex|hz|ova|ovf)$ 100000 90% 200000 override-expire reload-into-ims ignore-no-store ignore-private

#cache microsoft and adobe and other documents
refresh_pattern -i \.(ppt|pptx|doc|docx|docm|docb|dot|pdf|pub|ps)$ 100000 90% 200000 override-expire reload-into-ims ignore-no-store ignore-private
refresh_pattern -i \.(xls|xlsx|xlt|xlm|xlsm|xltm|xlw|csv|txt)$ 100000 90% 200000 override-expire reload-into-ims ignore-no-store ignore-private
#refresh_pattern -i ^ftp: 100000 90% 200000
#refresh_pattern -i ^gopher: 1440 0% 1440

#allow caching of other things based on cache control headers with some exceptions
refresh_pattern -i . 0 90% 200000

log_icp_queries off
icp_port 0
htcp_port 0
acl snmppublic snmp_community public
snmp_port 3401
snmp_access allow snmppublic all
minimum_object_size 0 KB
cache_effective_user squid
#header_replace User-Agent Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U;) Gecko/20080221 Firefox/
vary_ignore_expire on
cache_swap_low 90
cache_swap_high 95
visible_hostname shadow
unique_hostname shadow-DHS
shutdown_lifetime 0 second
request_entities on
half_closed_clients off
max_filedesc 65535
connect_timeout 10 seconds
cache_effective_group squid
buffered_logs on
#access_log /var/log/squid/access.log squid
access_log daemon:/var/log/squid/access.log buffer-size=256KB
#access_log none
netdb_filename none
client_db off
ipcache_size 10000
ipcache_low 90
ipcache_high 95
dns_v4_first on
negative_ttl 5 minutes
positive_dns_ttl 30 days
negative_dns_ttl 5 minutes
dns_retransmit_interval 1 seconds
check_hostnames off
forwarded_for delete
via off
httpd_suppress_version_string on
# mem and cache size
#collapsed_forwarding on
cache_mem 4 GB
memory_cache_mode disk
maximum_object_size 2 GB
maximum_object_size_in_memory 2 GB
digest_generation off
#digest_bits_per_entry 8
pinger_enable off
memory_pools on
max_stale 4 months


Five steps for an unbelievably green and water efficient lawn during California’s drought

Keep your lawn green this summer!

The following five steps will allow you to significantly improve your lawn while saving a tremendous amount of water use throughout the year. The following five steps only take about 30 minutes across the entire year in order to properly improve your specific situation. The simple fact is you do not need to kill off your lawn in order to save significant amounts of water and contribute to the efficiency of water use within California.

By implementing these steps I personally experienced more than 30% reduction in my water use while my neighbors stood in awe of how florescent green my lawn was. When I showed my water bill and the savings to my neighbors they were in complete disbelief because they believed they had to kill off their lawn by reducing their water use to all zero but quite in fact this is not necessary. With proper maintenance, a lawn and your entire yard needs only a fraction of a the water necessary to keep it green and beautiful when you are not properly caring for it.

Step 1. Follow the sun (and the weather).

Often, many of us pay attention to the weather in order to select the right clothing for the day. However many of us ignore the fact that our lawns also need you to adjust your care according to the weather and the amount of sun your lawn will receive. So it is important to note what the weather will be like and the temperature ranges that your lawn will be experiencing along with you during the day.

Step 2. Penetrate your soul (leverage an aerator).



This simple little tool can be used to significantly change the absorption rate of water for your lawn. Imagine that you don’t aerate your lawn, without aeration the water sits on the top layer of soil and if you have a hill or sloped lawn it rolls right off only permeating the very top quarter-inch layer of topsoil. The goal for water efficient lawn is to maintain deep penetration of water into the topsoil and the only way to perform this without overwatering is through aeration. Aeration also has other benefits such as delivering nutrients further into the soil towards the roots of your grass. This is the single most effective way to reduce water usage and it only takes five minutes with this tool found at Home Depot at the following URL: http://www.homedepot.com/p/Hound-Dog-Steel-Spike-Aerator-HDP37/202605484

Step 3. Renew your body (sprinkle some seed).

Re-seeding is an essential step to keeping a quality lawn. Over time and age lawn degrades and the blades of grass simply don’t have the same luster as they once had similar to humans and aging. So it is important to re-seed on a regular basis usually in the springtime. grass-seedThere are many types of seed and you should try and match the type of seed that you already have if at all possible so that you can maintain the look the you desire. For me a simple fescue mix from my local Walmart or Home Depot was sufficient to maintain my own grass in the look that I desired.

Step 4. Take some vitamins (fertilize!).

The next stephandheld-spreader after aeration is to ensure that your grass has quality nutrients delivered directly to its roots, just like our bodies need vitamins so to do grasses and other shrubs we plant our yards. A simple $10-$15 fertilizer sprinkled across your lawn is sufficient to provide nutrients for almost 6 months and significantly improve the health of your lawn and provide for a florescent green and healthy color. This step takes only minutes once every six months. Ideally you can spread fertilizer with the same handheld spreader you use for the seed.

Step 5. Adjust your clocks! (water at the right time of day).

The final step in this process is to adjust your watering habits or your watering system to accommodate our newly renovated lawn. An unhealthy lawn without these maintenance techniques requires 2 to 3 times as much water, leading guidance from common Internet sources to claim watering must be 8 to 10 minutes per day in order for the desired look. However I have found that For my environmental conditions in Northern California,  quite honestly a healthfully maintained lawn only needs one third of the amount of water across to the majority of the year with only exceeding this amount in the highest temperature period of the summer months. The best watering times for grass are during the morning hours between 4 and 5 AM allowing sufficient soak time prior to the sun rising and evaporating the moisture. For my use I also run my water in the afternoon at around 5 PM, ideally you do not want a moist soil all night long to avoid bacteria and moss growth during the evening.

This is a photo of my lawn and my bill usage graph with an over 30% reduction (year over year) in my water use. 







[ISN] THOTCON Speakers Announced, Tickets bound to sell out fast!

[If you haven’t looked lately, THOTCON has announced their speaker list, I highly recommend if you have been sitting on the fence, you should check this out soon. Likewise, now is the time to buy tickets! You don’t want to be trying to wheel and deal in the days leading up to THOTCON on Twitter and Facebook making sure you can get your whole team in. – Seriously, Buy your tickets NOW! – WK] *************************************************************************** ***BEGIN THOTCON TRANSMISSION********************************************** ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ / /__ / / / / /__ : /:/__/_ /:: : /:: /:: /:| _|_ /::__ /::/__ /:/:__ /::__ /:/:__ /:/:__ /::|/__ /://__/ /::/ / :/:/ / /://__/ : /__/ :/:/ / /|::/ / /__/ /:/ / ::/ / /__/ :__ ::/ / |:/ / /__/ /__/ /__/ /__/ /__/ *** SPEAKERS ************************************************************** http://thotcon.org/speakers.html Too many high quality speakers to list! http://thotcon.org/registration.html *** REGISTRATION ********************************************************** THOTCON Registration (AKA Ticket Sales) – click below to purchase!!! NOTE: We have confirmed with (ISC)2 that attending THOTCON counts towards CAP, SSCP or CISSP CPE credits. *** PRICES **************************************************************** There are three ticket price levels for THOTCON 0x6. 0] Student GA Ticket -> $56.00 [SOLD OUT!] 1] Early GA Ticket -> $106.00 [SOLD OUT!] 2] General Admittance Ticket -> $156.00 [390 Remain] 3] VIP Tickets -> $286.00 [49 Remain] Student & Early GA (EGA) and General Admittance (GA) Tickets Include: – THOTCON Badge – Program – T-SHIRT – THOTCON Stuffs – Attendance to ALL Sessions – FREE Soft Drinks All-Day – Food and Adult Drinks – Pay as You Go – 3-hour Saturday Night After Party (If >= 21) Very Important Peep (VIP) Tickets Include: – THOTCON VIP Badge – Program – T-SHIRT – THOTCON Stuffs++ – Attendance to ALL Sessions – VIP/Speaker Lounge Access – Breakfast & Lunch Buffet, Snacks and FREE Adult Drinks All-Day – 3-hour Saturday Night After Party (If >= 21) ***END THOTCON TRANSMISSION************************************************ ***************************************************************************


[ISN] CarolinaCon-11 is coming – March 20th-22nd 2015

Forwarded from: Vic Vandal h4x0rs, InfoSec geeks, script kidz, posers, and friends, CarolinaCon is back for its 11th year, which is also billed as “the last CarolinaCon as we know it”. For about the price of your average movie admission with popcorn and a drink ($20), YOU are invited to join us for yet another intimate and informative weekend of hacking-related education. This year’s event will be held on the weekend of March 20th-22nd 2015 in Raleigh NC at the North Raleigh Hilton (Midtown). The currently chosen lineup includes more presenters named Old Gregg than you’ll find at any conference anywhere, along with other esteemed individuals, such as; – Have you ever drunk Bailey’s from a shoe? (aka Pen-Testing & Social Engineering Convergence) – Old Gregg (smrk3r) – Cryptocurrency Laundering Theory for Fun and Retirement – Old Gregg (myddrn) – How to design your “You got hacked” page – Old Gregg (digital shokunin) – Electronics Engineering for Pen-Testers – Old Gregg (melvin2001) – Phony Business – What Goes Around Comes Back Around – Unregistered & Snide – Elevator Obscura: Industry Hacks & Answers to all Your Odd Questions About Those Magical Moving Rooms – Howard Payne & Deviant Ollam – Rethinking the Origins of the Lock – Schuyler Towne – RedneckSec – @th3mojo – Cyber War Stories – Andrew Shumate – One Step Closer to the Matrix: Machine Learning and Augmented Reality in Networking – Rob Weiss & John Eberhardt – I live in a van and so can you – Mark Rickert, aka Matt Foley – Drilling Deeper with Veil’s PowerTools – Justin Warner (@sixdub) & Will Schroeder (@harmj0y) – Hacker’s Practice Ground – Lokesh Pidawekar – Social engineering is bullsh*t, call it what it is – surpherdave – Anatomy of Web Client Attacks – Jason Gillam – Art of Post-infection Response and Mitigation – chill – SPAM, Phish and Other Things Good to Eat – Joshua Schroeder / JoshInGeneral …..and potentially 1-2 other l33t talks that we might be able to squeeze in! Side events currently on tap include; – Capture The Flag – Mobile Museum of Vintage Technology – Lockpicking Village – Hacker Trivia – Android Netrunner – Pulp Fiction Canonical Drinking Game – “Unofficial” Shootout (details at http://hackers.withguns.com/) For those traveling to the event or who simply want to stay at the Hilton venue throughout, hotel rooms at the special CarolinaCon group rate can be reserved via this link. http://www.hilton.com/en/hi/groups/personalized/R/RDUNHHF-CCC-20150319/index.jhtml?WT.mc_id=POG ALERT: The special group rate is only available until February 20th, so book now if interested. For other exciting details as they develop stay tuned to: http://www.carolinacon.org If you have any important questions about the event that are NOT answered in website content you can send an email to; infocarolinacon.org Peace, Vic


[ISN] Northrop Grumman Foundation Congratulates Top 28 Teams Advancing to CyberPatriot National Finals Competition

http://www.globenewswire.com/newsarchive/noc/press/pages/news_releases.html?d=10116947 FALLS CHURCH, Va. – Jan. 26, 2015 – The Northrop Grumman Foundation, presenting sponsor for CyberPatriot VII, is proud to congratulate the top 25 high school and three middle school teams advancing to the national finals competition on March 13 in Washington, D.C. CyberPatriot, established by the Air Force Association, is the National Youth Cyber Education Program that’s inspiring students toward careers in cybersecurity and other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines critical to our nation’s future. The program features the National Youth Cyber Defense Competition, cyber camps, and an elementary school education program. This year’s finalists represent schools and other organizations from Alabama, California, Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, Virginia, and Manitoba, Canada. Click here for a complete listing of finalists. “We are so proud of all the students who participated this year and we wish the top 28 finalists all the best as they prepare for the big showdown,” said Sandra Evers-Manly, president of the Northrop Grumman Foundation and vice president of Northrop Grumman Global Corporate Responsibility. “CyberPatriot has proven to be an innovative way to inspire young people to pursue a career in cybersecurity. It is filling the much-needed pipeline of qualified cyber talent and we couldn’t be more pleased with its success. CyberPatriot is a true example of how a hands-on, STEM initiative can make an impact by addressing a national imperative.” A record 2,175 teams, up 40 percent from the previous year, competed this year in a series of online rounds where students were given a set of virtual images that represent operating systems and were tasked with finding vulnerabilities and hardening the system while maintaining critical services. Students competed from across the U.S. and in other parts of the world to be among the top finalists that receive an all-expenses-paid trip to the CyberPatriot National Finals in Washington, D.C. “The need for cyber defenders has never been more relevant, or urgent,” said Diane Miller, director, CyberPatriot Programs, Northrop Grumman. “To address the increasingly complex threat requires diversity of education, experience, and approach to problem solving. CyberPatriot is inspiring our youth at every level and from every pocket of the country to cultivate a cyber workforce with a strong ethical foundation, the requisite technical skills and life skills in communications, leadership and teamwork so important to potential employers. These students are career-ready and poised to take on this national and global challenge.” In its fifth year as presenting sponsor, the Northrop Grumman Foundation and Northrop Grumman Corporation continue to devote time, talent and resources to support CyberPatriot. In addition to the foundation’s financial support, Northrop Grumman awards annual scholarship funds to the top winning teams and contributes employee volunteers and mentors. The company also provides internships to CyberPatriot competitors, as do other industry and government organizations. Northrop Grumman also partnered this year with Cyber Security Challenge UK to bring CyberPatriot to the U.K.. Known as CyberCenturion, this youth cyber defense competition will hold its finals competition on April 17 at Bletchley Park in London. The CyberPatriot VII Teams will compete face-to-face in a one-day event to defend virtual networks and mobile devices from a professional aggressor team. The National Finalists will also face-off in four additional competition components: the Digital Cyber Crime Scene Challenge from the Digital Forensic Consortium, the Cisco Networking Challenge, the Leidos Digital Forensics Challenge, and a Mobile Application Challenge hosted by AT&T. These extra challenges expose teams to new elements and skillsets of the many career opportunities available to them. As a global provider of cybersecurity solutions, Northrop Grumman is committed to grooming tomorrow’s cyber workforce and is engaged in supporting numerous cybersecurity education, training and technology initiatives. For more information on Northrop Grumman in cyber, go to www.northropgrumman.com/cyber. The Northrop Grumman Foundation supports diverse and sustainable programs for students and teachers. These programs create innovative education experiences in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. For more information please visit www.northropgrumman.com/foundation. CONTACT: Marynoele Benson Northrop Grumman Corporation 703-556-1651 marynoele.benson@ngc.com


[ISN] World’s largest DDoS attack reached 400Gbps, says Arbor Networks

http://www.techworld.com/news/security/worlds-largest-ddos-attack-reached-400gbps-says-arbor-networks-3595715/ By John E Dunn Techworld Jan 27, 2015 Some time in December 2014 an unnamed ISP experienced an NTP reflection DDoS attack that peaked at a router-straining 400Gbps, easily the largest denial of service event in Internet history, Arbor Networks’ 10th Annual Infrastructure Report has revealed. It’s an apparently small detail slipped into the firm’s larger narrative which is probably less important in the grand scheme of things than the fact that super-massive DDoS attacks are now common enough to have turned into dull statistics. Message – large DDoS attacks are here to stay. But what is driving this ballooning traffic? Arbor gets its numbers from Peakflow SP sensors in 330 customers’ premises feeding into the firm’s Atlas system, which it backs up with manual surveys of important ISPs and providers not contributing to this system. […]


[ISN] Barrett Brown’s sentence is unjust, but it may become the norm for journalists

http://boingboing.net/2015/01/26/barrett-browns-sentence-is.html By Trevor Timm Jan 26, 2015 Investigative journalist Barrett Brown was sentenced to an obscene 63 months in prison on Thursday, in part for sharing a hyperlink to a stolen document that he did not steal, and despite the fact that he was not guilty of a crime for linking to it. Maybe journalists think this is an anomaly, and some will ignore his case entirely since Brown also pled guilty to other charges that led to part of his sentence too. But be warned: if the White House passes its dramatic expansion of US computer law, journalists will constantly be under similar threat and reporting on hacked documents could become a crime. How is this possible, you ask? Well, first it’s important to understand the details of Brown’s case. […]