For different available loopholes, the majority of hackers all around the world are focused on attacking Windows users and servers. This article demonstrates the process of detecting threats/attacks using honeypot in the windows system.
What is Honeypot?
Honeypot impersonates a real server to deceive hackers and deflect their attacks. A honeypot must be better integrated just like a legitimate server so that information looks genuine by displaying fake documents, false ports, and false folders, among other things. The intruder believes they have obtained exposure to the actual piece because the honeypot gives the appearance of being authentic.
Usually, the masked system is in the DMZ; that means the intruder does not have access to the internal infrastructure. Honeypots periodically monitor and manage the intruder, whether the attack comes from outside the infrastructure or inside it. Honeypot widely uses to monitor an intruder’s behavior, save log files, and track events such as the start of operations, commands, deletes, updates, and even keyloggers.
What is KFSensor?
KFSensor is a Windows honeypot, and It also serves as an intrusion detection system (IDS). Its mission is to draw and identify all network hackers, thus the term honeypot. It accomplishes this by replicating a weak system and masking itself as a server. And in this manner, this not only captures the intruder but also assists in determining their motivation. It is built primarily for windows, and it has several windows-specific features. Because of its GUI-based interface and low maintenance, it is easy to operate and understand.
How to Setup KFSenor Honeypot in Windows?
To use honeypot, all you need is:
Attacker VM – > Kali Linux.
Victim VM – > Windows 10.
Threat Detection Using KFSensor
KFSensor aims to act as a malicious server for hackers to keep the legit system secure. It does good work of collecting data when a connection is established by exposing false ports on the machine where it is mounted. Thereby, it creates a honeypot server that records an intruder’s actions.
- Download and install KFSensor in your windows 10 VM. Click next after installing.
- Then, as seen in the picture below, pick the ports you want to use, and then press the next.
- It will question if you’d like to receive email notifications of its warnings over time. So, you can enter the email address to send/receive the alerts. Press next.
- After these niceties, press the finish button.
- After clicking finish, the connected devices on the same network will appear on the window.
- Go to the Kali Linux VM, run the Nmap command to search the Windows 10 VM.
- KFSensor will detect the scan and show the results as well as will alert you.
- Select any port like SSH and check for more details like attackers’ IP, time, severity, etc.
KFSenor tool monitor and deceive the intruder allowing you to protect yourself and remain vigilant.
Understand what data you hold, how you are using it, and ensure that you are practicing good data hygiene. ~ David Mount.