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Fishing for Hackers


What happens when your servers get breached by a botnet? What steps does a typical attacker take after breaking in? What do they use your machine for? In order to find out, we started up some instances on some of the main cloud providers, configured them with easy-to-guess passwords, and then waited. But with a trick: we recorded everything with sysdig, an open source tool that captures system activity. The first machine was compromised in four hours. After a few minutes, the machine was part of a botnet and was sending out 800 Mbit/s of UDP traffic. This session shows what we learned by analyzing the trace files. It shows with a high level of detail the steps that the attacker took, and offers several tips to use a tool like sysdig for forensic purposes.


Loris is the CEO and founder of Draios, Inc., a San Francisco-based startup that builds the tools that admins and devops professionals need to manage their virtualized and cloud infrastructure.

Prior to founding Draios, Loris was a senior director of technology at Riverbed Technology, where he oversaw strategic technology roadmaps for the company’s network performance management business unit. Loris joined Riverbed after the acquisition of CACE Technologies, a company he co-founded in 2005. As CTO of CACE, Loris designed and led the development of the company's award-winning packet capture and network analysis product line.

Loris has a long history of contributing to and supporting the open source community. He is the author of the recently released and very popular open source tool sysdig, which was released by Draios in the Spring of 2014. He was also a pioneer in the field of open source network analysis through his work on WinPcap and Wireshark. These open source tools have millions of users worldwide.

Loris holds a PhD in computer engineering from Politecnico di Torino and lives in Davis, California.

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