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Step-by-Step Incident Response

Tuesday, April 05, 2005 (11:35:53)
When a critical enterprise server is breached, a well thought-out incident response plan will help you contain damage, speed up service restoration, and collect forensic information. If you have reason to believe that a system has been compromised, either by an Intrusion Detection alert or by suspicious activity, the first thing to do is isolate the system before it can do damage. It is most likely dangerous to log into the system and try to do a normal shutdown—the shutdown procedure could have been booby-trapped to cause the system to self-destruct. Likewise, rebooting the system is risky – again, a booby trap could have been inserted. Even logging into the system is unsafe, as trusted programs could have been replaced with malicious Trojans. In fact, a compromised system is never what it seems—a skilled attacker will hide his malware and create the illusion that all is as it should be, when the reality is that the machine is actually a zombie. A compromised machine cannot be trusted at all...

More (Network Computing)

Another Look at Log Files

Monday, April 04, 2005 (07:04:25)
Marcus Ranum architected the first commercial firewall in 1990. He founded Network Flight Recorder Security, the company responsible for the first network forensics tool. And last summer at the Usenix conference, during a course he was teaching on log file analysis, he said that if nobody is ever going to look at your log files, then you might as well not bother keeping any logs at all...

More (csoonline.com)

RCFL network plans expansion in 2005

Sunday, April 03, 2005 (07:13:47)
WASHINGTON, D.C.- The FBI is poised to expand the country's premier computer forensics laboratory network starting in May, according to Assistant Director Kerry E. Haynes, Operational Technology Division. Additional Regional Computer Forensic Laboratories (RCFLs) are scheduled to open in Portland, Oregon; Salt Lake City, Utah; Buffalo, New York, and; Denver, Colorado by early summer. Two additional RCFLs are preparing to start operations by year's end in the cities of Dayton, Ohio and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Currently, seven RCFLs are available to over 1,000 law enforcement agencies across six states. RCFLs assist any law enforcement agency in their region in cases involving digital evidence, including: terrorism; cyber crime; white collar crime; identity theft; and violent crimes...

More (FBI Press Room)

UK centre to tackle net paedophiles planned

Friday, April 01, 2005 (15:10:48)
A unit to protect children in the UK from internet paedophiles is being set up by the Home Office. About 100 staff, including police and child welfare experts will join the Centre for Child Protection on the Internet next April. The centre will take on work being done by the National Crime Squad and will target those who distribute CP images or "groom" children for abuse. It will be open 24 hours a day so people can report suspicious activity. Government funding for the centre's work taken over from the hi-tech crime unit of the NCS will remain the same - about £6m a year. But a Home Office spokesman said industry partners were likely to provide an extra £1m in technological support and seconded workers' salaries...

More (BBC)

Court helps Ryanair trace staff pilots who criticised on-line

Friday, April 01, 2005 (09:55:51)
An Irish judge has awarded Ryanair an injunction to prevent the destruction of web site user data in a court battle over the identities of its pilots who criticised the airline's working practices in an on-line forum for Ryanair pilots, according to The Guardian...

More (Out-Law.com)