AZ Student Writes Recipe For $35 Linux Honeypot

AZ Student Writes Recipe For $35 Linux Honeypot

University of Arizona student Nathan Yee successfully installed Dionaea (running on Raspian Linux) on a Raspberry Pi Model B. He even posted instructions online, so you can do the same thing if you’re interested in having your own low cost Linux honeypot.

First things first, what is Dionaea? In addition to be the name of the genus for the Venus flytrap, Dionaea is also an open source software package that acts as a network honeypot. A honeypot is essentially a computing system that traps malicious software. In more complicated explanation, it connects to the network like any other host, but masquerades as a “hackable” system and then analyzes traffic patterns to locate the source of the malicious activity. It’s kinda like a treasure chest with nothing inside. It tricks you into wasting your energy picking the lock, but all the while… the chest is empty.

While Linux, Dionaea, and Raspberry Pi have each been around for quite some time, this appears to be the first time someone has used them together. The advantage of this package is the low cost and portability. An organization could easily deploy multiple honeypots for less than the cost of a single desktop PC. This could be a valuable security tool for schools, charities, and non-profit organizations. The idea certainly has merit.

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