Taiwan Chapter Status Report for 2012

ORGANIZATION

The Honeynet Project Taiwan Chapter was founded in November 2008. Now we are an independent non-profit organization in Taiwan.
By cooperating with research institutes and regional network centers, hundreds of honetpots have been deployed around Taiwan Academic Network (TANet) and Taiwan Advanced Research and Education Network (TWAREN) for collecting malware samples and detecting network attack traffic.

GOALS

The mission of The Honeynet Project Taiwan Chapter is to fight against malware and raise public awareness of current network threats.

Chapter Member:

  • Yi-Lang Tsai, Chapter Leader
  • Yu-Chin Cheng, Board Of Director, Full Member
  • Po Huang, Contributor
  • Bo-Yil Lee, Contributor
  • Jack Hsu, Contributor
  • Jerry Huang, Contributor
  • Alumnus

  • Eugene Yeh
  • Dan Chang
  • Pei-Hsuan Huang
  • This year we are expected to add more members and contributors in Taiwan. They are come from different university, organization or information security researcher.

    The activities of the chapter include the following:

    1. Malware behavior analysis and categorization
    2. Network attack detection and analysis
    3. Information security incident response.
    4. A member of Taiwan Academic Information Sharing and Analysis Center
    5. Big data indexing and information mining technology
    6. Digital Forensics about system and network analysis
    7. Botnet detection and behavior analysis

    DEPLOYMENTS

    1 Large-Scale Honeynet deployments
    1.1 Get funding from National Science Council and Ministry of Education to establish large-scale honeynet in Taiwan Academic Network (TANet)
    1.2 Build a lot of virtual honeynet in TANet and deployment of more than 6000 IP address.
    1.3 Using Honeywall, Dionaea, Kippo, Capture-HPC, Cuckoo and security tools.
    1.4 Using Splunk to analysis honeynet logs.
    1.5 Information Integration System Design and Development(Security Dashboard)
    2 Design malware analysis platform that is named TWMAN (TaiWan Malware Analysis Net) and release in Sourceforge (twman.sourceforge.net) and OpenFoundry (twman.openfoundry.org)
    3 Cloud based Vulnerability Scanners and network forensics collecting evidence
    4 Visualization framework for security analysis

    RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT
    Research

    The main goal of our research focuses on honeynet deployment, malware collection, malware behavior analysis, botnet tracking, malware testbed and distributed data mining. The honeynet have collected a big data about automatic attack from malware. It is an important issue about botnet research in Taiwan. We are trying to analysis malware samples and development ontology researching.

    Development

    1. Taiwan Malware Analysis Net
    The Project of Taiwan Malware Analysis Net (TWMAN) begins in 2010. The first phase of TWMAN project is to develop a platform for malware analysis. Unlike other dynamic analysis techniques which use virtual machines, TWMAN build experimental environment with physical operation system in order to fight against those malwares using anti-VM techniques. Instead of the development of malware analysis tool, TWMAN project is going to extend itself from a malware analyzer to a complete malware analysis net including three different components: malware collection, behavior analysis and knowledge management. With the new face of TWMAN, various sorts of malware information could be integrated into one single system. It would provide valuable data and materials for security researchers and IT specialists to defeat malware threat and contribute to advanced research.

    2. Data mining technology development
    According to our collection the big data from distributed honeynet. We are using Splunk solution to development search rules and reports. Our programmer and contributor have written some parser to analysis honeynet logs.

    3. Visualization security data
    We are testing DAVIX toolkit, Google earth API and Gephi for data visualization. Because, there are 50GB events log from honeynet. So we need to visualization for security data. That is based on our security dashboard to monitoring security threats in our security operation center.

    FINDINGS
    Threat List

    Monitoring suspicious network traffic is a main work of Taiwan Chapter. 5240 different IP address of suspicious network attacker have been identified from January 2012 to September 2012 as the report is submitted. The threat list has been shared with the authority of Taiwan Academic Network (TANet) and other regional network centers in order to reduce the risk and threat from outer attackers.

    Unique Malware Sample

    5710 unique malware samples have been collected from January 2012 to September 2012 as the report is submitted. All the collected malware samples would be analyzed by three different malware analyzers. The analysis results would be centralized into a knowledge management system and share to Government Information Sharing and Analysis Center (G-ISAC) and Malware Exchange System (MES) in Taiwan.

    PAPERS AND PRESENTATIONS
    List of Publications:

    1 Yi-Lang Tsai, Lo-Yao Yeh, Bo-Yil Lee, and Jee-Gong Chang, “Poster Abstract: Automated Malware Analysis Framework with Honeynet Technology in Taiwan Campus,” 18th IEEE International Conference on Parallel and Distributed System, Singapore, December 17-19, 2012.
    2 Yi-Lang Tsai and Bo-Yil Lee, “TaiWan Malware Analysis Net”, TANet 2012, Taoyuan, Taiwan, Oct. 23-25, 2012.

    Conference:

    “Innovation Information Security Workshop in Taiwan 2012” hosted and organized by The Honeynet Project Taiwan Chapter. We have one day conference and one day honeynet technical workshop.

    Presentations:
    We are using Honeynet technology to detection botnet activity and invited to presentation or sharing our experience.

    1. Talk by Yi-Lang Tsai on 2012/06/25 about "Security threaten: Cloud security and Botnet " organized by TAIS 2011(Taiwan Academic Information Security International Conference).
    2. Talk by Bo-Yi Lee on 2012/07/06 about “Malware Analysis and TWMAN” organized by Multi-Level Information security Research Platform.
    3. Talk by Yi-Lang Tsai on 2012/09/24 about "Ghost is in the Cloud" organized by WWSMC 2012 Taipei.
    4. Talk by Yi-Lang Tsai on 2012/10/23 about "TaiWan Malware Analysis Net" organized by TANet 2012.

    GOALS

    The goal of our chapter is to develop honeynet in major campus in Taiwan and to deal with security incidents. In addition, we embark on the visualization for security data and the integration of information security analysis systems. The optimal vision is to reduce information security threats in the network environment of Taiwan.

    MISC ACTIVITIES

    We are planning co-work with the security research team in Taiwan to organize information security association.