Setup and Securing Winlogbeat

Winlogbeat is a lightweight open-source Windows agent that uses the Windows API to ship different event logs to Logstash or Elasticsearch. I have been a Splunk user for quite some time, but I have started to also leverage the Elastic Stack at work and in my home lab. This post is for my reference and anyone trying to configure … Read more

Ingesting PCAP Files with Zeek and Splunk

Whenever I want to analyze a relatively small packet capture (PCAP), I load it up in Wireshark and get the job done. However, this process does not scale and becomes a problem with large-sized pcap files. Even if you split, let’s say, a 25 terabyte PCAP up into smaller chunks, can you imagine how long it would … Read more

Cryptocurrency Pump & Dumps

Cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Dogecoin have seen greater adoption by retail and institutional investors over the last year. I’m not going to get into the reasons for this, but the ubiquitous stories of crypto millionaires add to the fear of missing out (FOMO).  I use discord for a subset of my online collaboration, and that includes following some cryptocurrency … Read more

Detecting Tor communication

TorĀ (The Onion Router) is an internet communication network built on privacy and anonymity. Much of the attention that Tor receives comes from the malicious segment of users that leverage the Tor network to conduct attacks while concealing their location. This negative association and challenge in attribution have led most organizations to block traffic coming from … Read more

Using DoD Root Certificates with Git

Git clients perform certificate verification whenever you interact with a remote repository over TLS. Since the Department of Defense (DoD) certificates are not in most mainstream operating systems, the validation fails. The quick and insecure solution is to disable certificate verification globally. git config –global http.sslVerify false Or you can also use the -c option, … Read more

Honeypot Diaries: Dota Malware

A honeypot is a form of deception technology used to observe threat actor tactics, techniques, and procedures (TTP). I have deployed a customized version of the Cowrie honeypot in several regions, and I have one at home to capture residential IP space activity. The Honeypot Diaries will be a recurring series that I will use to share … Read more

Blue Team Tactics: Honey Tokens Pt. III

This is the final part of a multipart blog post, read part one and two then continue here. In part 2, we simulated adversary interaction with our deployed tokens and then leveraged Windows Event Viewer to assess the generated artifacts. What follows will be several options for getting the audit logs from the endpoints to … Read more

Blue Team Tactics: Honey Tokens Pt. II

This is a multipart blog post, read part one and then continue here. We enabled filesystem auditing, created our audit template, and staged our honey tokens for deployment in part one. In part two, we will deploy the honey tokens and identify various methods for monitoring adversary interaction. Deploying honey tokens using PowerShell (PoSh) I … Read more

Load Balancing a Splunk Search Head Cluster

A Splunk Search Head (SH) enables an analyst to query a Splunk Indexer for data in a distributed configuration. A Search Heads group that shares knowledge objects and settings is known collectively as a Search Head Cluster (SHC). Deploying a SHC provides high availability (HA) and many other benefits to your users. However, as you scale out … Read more