February 28, 2014

Government Hackers, Console Cowboys, The Tech Model Railroad Club, and the Dark Web Part 2

So to recap, Part 1 of this subject covered the deep web and its relationship to analytics, and the dark web and its relationship to nefarious activity in brief. As part of this week’s fun, I thought I would introduce you to Daisake Inoue. I met him several years ago at a VisWeek conference and was impressed with a design he and his team created. Daisake created a system called Daedulus to interface with JP-CERT’s (Computer Emergency Response Teams- Japan) Nicter.

Here is Daedulus: NICT Daedalus Cyber-Attack Alert System

You’ll see Daisake politely showing off his skillz almost immediately. The center sphere represents the internet as a focal point (not an empirical representation) and then traffic (at the packet level) extends to satellite rings circling the internet. One ring lists the DNS (Domain Name Server), the rest are port numbers (80, 50, etc.), with the inner portion of the ring representing IPs accessing the DNS via ports and tracking incoming IP addresses from the internet. You’ll note some rings have black areas. That’s where unused IP addresses reside. “Dark web” bounces. It’s a bounce in on unused addresses and then bounce out to a live site. In summary, there are systems out there than can track this behavior. Before we move on to Hyperboria, lets look at one more case study.

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  • Kendoist4162

    Wow. Way above my cranial capacity, but good to be aware of in any case. Many thanks Cor!

  • MGX

    clluelo  Exactly.  Coriolanus Great articles, thanks a lot for that. So. How do you start to "fight back" for your Internet neutrality? You warned us about "visiting these sites" without being confident in what we were doing. Start being ultra proficient in Python and Ubuntu? You also talked about "chatting up the commies": are they all really that tech-savvy? Shame on me. I fell behind.  Can't wait to hear about what's next and about China.

  • LadyHW

    Just thought I'd drop in and say thanks, Cor.   I was chatting with some folks who attended the interactive component at SXSW. The little knowledge I gleaned from you helped me not to sound like a complete novice.  Beside the interview with Snowdon (questions asked were very carefully crafted, btw), there was also some discussion about TOR and Silk Road, etc etc... Not that I understood everything, but at least I wasn't without a clue, thanks to reading your articles. the counter culture is alive and well, and ready to kick up a mess.

  • Coriolanus

    dickftr  It's intentional. I hope you laugh when you read my articles. And sometimes... I hope you get mad.

  • Coriolanus

    Man... did anyone even chill to the Deadmau5 NASA flyover?