Wiring up a Honeypot Network – BeeSting

Having spent so much time consuming the amazing OSINT produced by researchers across the internet, I felt like it was time to give something back – BeeSting is my nickname for a honeypot network I’ve been building – the goal of the project is to provide another open-source threat intelligence feed for the community as a whole.

Check it out now at https://beesting.tools (or https://beesting.tools/json if you’re a computer).

The honeypot network is developed using a combination of open-source utilities to host simulated services, inspect received traffic and evaluate the packets. Data from all nodes is sent via syslog to a centralized receiver – processes running on this node inspect the messages, parse out and normalize data then store the events in a MongoDB backend. This backend is utilized to generate the feeds linked above on a periodic basis.

Indicators are tagged based on a variety of aspects – strings present in the alerts they generate in tools such as Snort/Suricata, ports they are sending/receiving on, specific flags in the packets, traffic generation patterns, etc. The project is relatively new soon and still rapidly evolving as I expand the event parsing capabilities and add additional honey-services feeding the network.

I’ll be writing more about this process in the future but don’t let that stop you from ingesting more intelligence right now!

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Joe Avanzato

Blue Team SME | Purple Team Engineer | Red Team Hunter https://www.linkedin.com/in/joseph-avanzato/ Previously - Cyber Detection Lead for Paychex - Design, Build, Test and Tune Detection Rules, Log/Environment Visibility, Threat Hunting, etc. Computing Security M.S. - Experience with penetration testing, digital forensics, malware analysis, reverse engineering, cryptography/analysis, protocol design, application auditing and more..

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