Port scans are typically at the begin of a chain of events that will lead to the attack and exploitation of a host over a network. Since building an effective defense relies on information what kind of threat an organization is facing, threat intelligence outlining an actor’s modus operandi is a critical ingredient for network security. In this paper, we describe characteristic patterns in port scan packets that can be used to identify the tool chain used by an adversary. In an empirical analysis of scan traffic received by two /16 networks, we find that common open source port scan tools are adopted differently by communities across the globe, and that groups specializing to use a particular tool have also specialized to exploit particular services.
|Title of host publication||IFIP International Conference on New Technologies, Mobility and Security|
|Editors||Mohamad Badra, Giovanni Pau, Vasos Vassiliou|
|Place of Publication||Piscataway, NJ|
|Number of pages||5|
|Publication status||Published - 2016|
- threat intelligence
- port scan