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If you're responsible for protecting networks against crackers, you need to clearly understand your adversary. But there's an enormous amount of misinformation and disinformation about the "blackhats." What's the best way to learn how they really work? With a "honeynet": a live network built specifically to attract bad guys and wired to control, capture, and contain their traffic, so it can be tracked and analyzed.
Some 30 security professionals created the Honeynet Project to build such a network. This book tells you what they've learned, and it's fascinating reading. Over two years, they've been able to extrapolate a remarkable amount of knowledge about the blackhats' tools, techniques, motives, and psychology ("the social structure of the blackhat community is a robust, strong, complex meritocracy with very stable characteristics"). Especially fascinating is Know Your Enemy's chapter full of annotated IRC conversations from a group of crackers who took over Spitzer's honeynet, notably "D1ck," an overweight 17-year-old living with his parents in Karachi, Pakistan.
You may find the honeynet concept so intriguing that you'd want to build your own. Know Your Enemy shows you how. Lance Spitzer covers each element of a honeynet, walks through constructing one that looks sufficiently real without putting actual corporate IT assets at risk, and then shows how to analyze the traces your "friends" leave behind. There's even a CD-ROM full of network traces, logs, images of actual compromises, and source code for your very own 21st-century "Spy vs.Spy" initiative. (Bill Camarda)
Bill Camarda is a consultant, writer, and web/multimedia content developer with nearly 20 years' experience in helping technology companies deploy and market advanced software, computing, and networking products and services. He served for nearly ten years as vice president of a New Jerseybased marketing company, where he supervised a wide range of graphics and web design projects. His 15 books include Special Edition Using Word 2000 and Upgrading & Fixing Networks For Dummies®, Second Edition.