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REVIEW: "Honeypots: Tracking Hackers", Lance Spitzner

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    BKHNYPOT.RVW 20030126 Honeypots: Tracking Hackers , Lance Spitzner, 2003, 0-321-10895-7, U$44.99/C$69.99 %A Lance Spitzner hostmaster@tracking-hackers.com
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      "Honeypots: Tracking Hackers", Lance Spitzner, 2003, 0-321-10895-7,
      U$44.99/C$69.99
      %A Lance Spitzner hostmaster@...
      %C P.O. Box 520, 26 Prince Andrew Place, Don Mills, Ontario M3C 2T8
      %D 2003
      %G 0-321-10895-7
      %I Addison-Wesley Publishing Co.
      %O U$44.99/C$69.99 800-822-6339 fax 617-944-7273 bkexpress@...
      %O http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0321108957/robsladesinterne
      %P 452 p. + CD-ROM
      %T "Honeypots: Tracking Hackers"

      Chapter one is an introduction to the honeypot concepts, and the story
      of Spitzner's first attempt to run one. An overview of attackers and
      tools is given in chapter two. A history of honeypots is provided in
      chapter three, and a list of basic types. Chapter four looks at the
      benefits (and also the problems) of these types of programs. The
      types of honeypots are grouped into high, medium, and low
      intereactivity, in chapter five. The explanations given, in this
      first section, are good and simple. Tables and figures provided,
      however, often require interpretation.

      Chapters six to eleven are reviews and descriptions of honeypots and
      related programs. There is a tutorial on the setup and use of Back
      Officer Friendly in chapter six. Specter, in chapter seven, gets a
      detailed review and a discussion of the program's options. Chapter
      eight discusses how honeyd emulates a network. Port monitoring, with
      netcat, and jails, using chroot, are covered in chapter nine. Mantrap
      cages are discussed in chapter ten. Chapter eleven reviews two
      generations of honeynets, with lots of details.

      Chapter twelve examines choosing and camouflaging honeypots.
      Maintaining and using a honeypot is in chapter thirteen. Chapter
      fourteen presents a couple of "case studies," integrating material
      from previous chapters. There is a reasonable discussion of legal
      issues in chapter fifteen. Future directions for honeypots are
      examined in chapter sixteen.

      "Know Your Enemy" (cf BKKNYREN.RVW) presented a fascinating glimpse
      into both honeypots and the blackhat community, but only a glimpse.
      This book provides much more detail into the inner workings, setup,
      and technologies involved in sensors for detecting and dissecting
      network intrusions.

      copyright, Robert M. Slade, 2003 BKHNYPOT.RVW 20030126

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