The Secret Internet Protocol Router Network: the “Secret” Internet

Among the many things WikiLeaks has outed is the existence of the SIPRNet, or Secret Internet Protocol Router Network, used by the U.S. Federal Government to exchange confidential information. Unfortunately, “confidential” came to mean about half a million users worldwide, among them the alleged WikiLeaks leaker Bradley Manning who allegedly, famously dumped thousands of documents …

Using Backtrack: Network Mapping: Identify Live Hosts: NBTScan

nbtscan Purpose: Given an IP address range or subnet, nbtscan specifically returns NetBIOS names mapped toresponding IP addresses. Verbose output ( -v ) returns the entire cached NetBIOS name table from each responding Windows machine, which is a great way to map deeper into a network. Note that this is a Windows-only scanner. Not that …

Using Backtrack: Network Mapping: Identify Live Hosts: genlist

genlist Purpose: Genlist creates a simply-formatted list of hosts that respond to pings, primarily as a scripting too used in a pipeline of multiple commands or programs. It’s a very nice single-purpose utility. Stage: Information gathering, network mapping Man Page, Examples: http://pbnj.sourceforge.net/man/genlist-man.html  

eicar Test Files

Here’s something to think about: how often do you test your anti-virus software to ensure that it’s working properly? Using the European Institute for Computer Antivirus Research (eicar) test files, you can test the response of your anti-virus and anti-malware software. I currently have a ticket open with eicar to see how often they update …