Archive | July, 2008

UK’s Most Spammed Man – 44,000 Junk Mails a DAY!

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I stopped using ISP based e-mail accounts years ago, they always had lousy spam control and after joining a few mailing lists they used to get flooded with junk.

I always found web based mail systems to have much more effective spam filtering systems, plus I don’t have to waste my time and bandwidth downloading spam mails to categorise them with a bayesian filter such as the one in Thunderbird.

Web mail systems have the advantage of having such a huge userbase, people marking mails as spam are in the millions so the bayesian database for spam and ham would be extremely accurate.

An anti-spam software company has revealed that three of the UK’s five most spammed individuals use Orange as their ISP.

Figures released by ClearMyMail show that the three Orange customers have around 63,339 spam emails blocked every day and 23,118,735 spam emails blocked every year.

ClearMyMail failed to establish a connection between a customer’s choice of ISP and the amount of spam they receive, but did name the UK’s most spammed citizen, Exeter-based Colin Wells.

According to ClearMyMail, 44,000 spam emails heading for Wells’s inbox are blocked each day, amounting to around 16 million a year.

That’s an incredible amount of spam gathered by just 3 users! Well even one user with 44,000 a day that’s about 1.3 million spam mails a month – incredible! Imagine what a database they could build up harvesting that address alone.

It’s sad though so much resources are wasted dealing with, storing, filtering and managing spam and junk mails.

At the height of the problem Wells, a workshop foreman for Stagecoach buses, was spending two hours a day deleting spam from his account, making the prospect of “taking a week’s holiday a complete nightmare”.

The UK’s second most spammed individual, who also uses Orange as their ISP, is fortunate by comparison with just 13,578 daily junk messages.

The third, fourth and fifth most spammed British citizens get 12,428, 5,760 and 3,982 spam mails a day respectively.

Colin must have his e-mail address in some really dodgy mailing lists, he’s getting almost 3 times as much as the second place and almost 10 times as much as the fourth place!

It just shows spam isn’t going to stop *sigh*.

Source: Vnunet (Thanks razta)

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Topic: Spammers & Scammers


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FWAuto v1.1 – Firewall Auditing & Ruleset Analyzer Tool

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FWAuto (Firewall Rulebase Automation) is a Perl script and should work on any system with Perl installed. Provide the running config of a PIX firewall to fwauto. It will analyze and give you a list of weak rules in your rule base and store the result in multiple output files.

Maybe there have been times when you have pentested a firewall. As part of a grey box engagement you were assigned the task of auditing that HUGE firewall rulebase and were stuck on how to proceed, just because of the sheer volume of information. This tool in Perl is created to help in auditing a rulebase and helping you to narrow down on the weak rules. Current support is just for Cisco PIX though the framework was designed to scale across multiple firewalls and no major changes need to be made.

Updates

  • Outputs now available in reasonably neat HTML format
  • No more complex command line arguments, everything’s in a config file
  • More ports added in vulnerable ports section
  • Options available to obtain detailed/non detailed output

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fwauto_v1.1.zip

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Google to Reveal Youtube Viewing Details to Viacom

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Now this is an interesting privacy related case to think about over the weekend, Google has to reveal viewing details for Youtube to Viacom.

Anyone who has EVER watched a Youtube video, that’s pretty extreme. Luckily most people are using dynamic IP addresses, so it shouldn’t be too much of a concern.

Unless of course they decide to subpoena the ISPs for their logs too..then the ‘illegal viewers’ are in trouble.

Google was yesterday ordered to hand over the personal details of anyone who has ever watched a YouTube video.

The ruling – which has massive privacy implications for millions of internet users – was made as part of the search engine’s legal battle with content provider Viacom over allegations of copyright infringement.

Under the ruling, Google, which bought YouTube for $1.65 billion (£820 million) in 2006, must hand over to Viacom its viewing log – which includes users’ log-in information and their IP address, the code that identifies their computer.

It’s an interesting case however because YouTube is a public resource, who is to say what is on there is legal or not.

How are the users supposed to know? Say they view a video from a search, then view some related content which happens to copyrighted?

Is it the system that’s to blame or the user?

Although the case is being contested in the U.S., legal experts warned last night that the ruling would almost certainly apply to YouTube users worldwide, including those in the UK. The Electronic Frontier Foundation, an internet freedom campaign group, described the judgment as a ‘ setback’ to online privacy rights.

Viacom, which owns MTV and Paramount Pictures, has alleged that YouTube has done ‘little or nothing’ to stem the flow of copyrighted material on its site.

The company said it had identified more than 150,000 unauthorised clips of its content that had been uploaded.

I’m pretty sure YouTube and Google are pretty strict about copyright content hosted on their services, but with user generated sites it’s so hard to control and it’s so hard to block.

Even if they md5 hash the ‘illegal’ files a user can just chop a few seconds off to change the hash and re-upload it.

Source: Daily Mail

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DNSenum – Domain Information Gathering Tool

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The first stage of penetration testing is usually passive information gathering and enumeration (active information gathering). This is where tools like dnsenum come in, the purpose of DNSenum is to gather as much information as possible about a domain.

The program currently performs the following operations:

  1. Get the host’s addresse (A record).
  2. Get the namservers (threaded).
  3. Get the MX record (threaded).
  4. Perform axfr queries on nameservers (threaded).
  5. Get extra names and subdomains via google scraping (google query = “allinurl: -www site:domain”).
  6. Brute force subdomains from file, can also perform recursion on subdomain that have NS records (all threaded).
  7. Calculate C class domain network ranges and perform whois queries on them (threaded).
  8. Perform reverse lookups on netranges ( C class or/and whois netranges) (threaded).
  9. Write to domain_ips.txt file ip-blocks.

The output file domain_ips.txt will contain non-contiguous IP blocks:

127.0.0.1/32
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June 2008 Commenter of the Month Competition Winner!

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Competition time again!

As you know we started the Darknet Commenter of the Month Competition on June 1st 2007 and it’s been running since then! We have just finished the thirteenth month of the competition in June and are now in the fourteenth, starting a few days ago on July 1st – Sponsored by GFI.

We’ve successfully been holding this contest for a year now!

We are offering some pretty cool prizes like iPods and PSPs (or similar), along with cool GFI merchandise like shirts, keyrings and mugs.

And now the winner will also get a copy of the Ethical Hacker Kit.

GFI Goodies

Keep up the great comments and high quality interaction, we really enjoy reading your discussions and feedback.

Just to remind you of the added perks, by being one of the top 5 commenter’s you also have your name and chosen link displayed on the sidebar of every page of Darknet, with a high PR5 (close to 6) on most pages (5000+ spidered by Google).

So announcing the winner for June…it’s Navin!

Comments for June picked up towards the middle of the month with a relative (but very active newcomer taking the throne with more than double the second place, which was May’s winner Bogwitch).

Commenter June

There were some great discussions in June and I hope to see them continue in July! I’d like to thank you all for your participation! I hope it keeps getting better as 2008 develops with more interesting news and tools. Keep up the excellent discussions, it’s very interesting reading especially on some of the more controversial topics.

Thanks to everyone else who commented and thanks for your links and mentions around the blogosphere!

Feel free to share Darknet with everyone you know :)

Keep commenting guys, and stand to win a prize for the month of July!

We are still waiting for pictures from backbone, Sandeep and TRDQ, dirty and dre, eM3rC, fever, Sir Henry and goodpeople of themselves with their prizes!

Winner for June 2007 was Daniel with 35 comments.
Winner for July 2007 was backbone with 46 comments.
Winner for August 2007 was TheRealDonQuixote with 53 comments.
Winner for September 2007 was Sandeep Nain with 32 comments.
Winner for October 2007 was dre with 19 comments.
Winner for November 2007 was dirty with 38 comments.
Winner for December 2007 was Sir Henry with 84 comments.
Winner for January 2008 was goodpeople with 66 comments.
Winner for February 2008 was eM3rC with 122 comments.
Winner for March 2008 was Pantagruel with 66 comments.
Winner for April 2008 was fever with 44 comments.
Winner for May 2008 was Bogwitch with 37 comments.

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Pantera – Web Application Analysis Engine

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Pantera is actually using an improved version of SPIKE Proxy and is a project under the umbrella of OWASP.

It’s aiming to be a more automated method for testing Web Application Security.

Features

  • User-friendly custom web GUI. (CSS): Pantera itself is a web application that runs inside the browser and can be customized using CSS by the user. Some of the customizations are visual style, colors, fonts, views for easy information access, etc.
  • 100% python: Python is cross-platform, easy to install and use. Making it the perfect language of choice to use.
  • Multi-platform (Windows, Linux, etc.) and multi-browser (IE, Firefox, etc.): By using Python, Pantera is cross-platform. And we have made sure Pantera works fine with the most common browsers.
  • Supports SSL, NTLM, HTTP Basic: All this is supported by Pantera, still most open source tools have problems with things like NTLM.
  • Powerful analysis engine: Pantera has a powerful analysis engine, meaning that each web page that Pantera sees is analyzed for several things like comments, scripts, vulnerabilities, hidden tags and more. All this is done in background and transparent for the user while testing the website manual and of course all this info is stored in the database.
  • XML data files for configuration and attacks: Pantera uses XML files for configuration but also all the attacks and tests are stored in XML files, so it’s easy to add content to these files.
  • MySQL support: Most tools do not allow you to save the assessment. While performing an assessment with Pantera you can create a session, so all the info generated while the assessment is stored in the database. You can edit, delete and modify the content of the assessment at your will. You can continue the next day on the same point you stopped. Currently only MySQL is supported, more databases will be supported in the future.
  • Project Management: Each assessment is a session. Pantera offers project management to create new, open and delete projects.
  • Plug-in support: Pantera offers plug-in support so advanced users can add and extent its features.
  • Report generation: As Pantera can save assessments it can generate reports with all the gather data and vulnerabilities found. Some reports formats are HTML, XML, PDF, etc. Reports can also be customized!!

Requirements

  • Python 2.4
  • MySQL 5 (Due to the use of triggers)
  • pyOpenSSL
  • FormBuild (install script inside Pantera zip)

You can download Pantera v0.1.3 here:

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