#infosec Do bruteforce attacks really exist ?

The other day I sat down and just looked at various statistics on how the visitors ended up here in terms of referrers and keyword searches and one of the terms was ”do bruteforce attacks really exist ?”.

This made me smile.

Syspeace has so far blocked over 2.77 Million bruteforce attacks against #windowsserver #msexhange #Sharepoint #remotedesktop #Citrix and #SQLServer worldwide so I dare say they really do exist and they’re very common.

We’ve also published a 30 day list of the most commonly attacked and attacking countries as reported by Syspeace installations around the world. It might be interesting read for you and it can be found here, Syspeace worldwide security staus center.

One of the features of Syspeace is for instance the Syspeace Global Blacklist that is distributed automatically to all Syspeace installations.
If an attacker has been deemed to have attacked X number of different Syspeace customers and Y number of times, it will be automatically put in the GBL and distributed to all other Syspeace installations, making them preemtively blocking the attacking IP address from ANY communicating with their servers that have Syspeace installed.

Any #Cloud service provider or any #outsourcing or #service provider or also any IT techs at a company knows there are hundreds and thousands of intrusion attacks every month but historically these attacks, also called dictionar attacks , have been very hard to deal with so in essence, they’ve given up. Some providers or companies actually don’t even bother turning on logging on the servers, simply turning a blind eye to the actual problem. From an operational point of view, security point of view and from the customers point of view this is of course not acceptable.

There are some previous posts on why it’s been so difficult on this blog for instance this one, Why firewalls, vpns, account lockout policies  and other bruteforce prevention methods aren’t enough.

After we launched Syspeace , service providers, Cloud providers and companies have been given a new, cost efficient, easy to set up and easy to use countermeasure against hacking attempts.

No need to change your infrastructure, hire costly consultants and launch a big, costly project.
Simply download Syspeace trial , install it in a minute and your #remotedesktop #msexhange #Sharepoint #windowsserver is protected.
It couldn’t be easier and frankly, it should be the part of any #Windowsserver Baseline security just as you’ve got antivirus, backups, patch management in place.

Enable logging on your Windows server as described in the Syspeace manual and see for yourself if you’re targeted. You might be surprised.

By Juha Jurvanen – Senior IT Consultant @ JufCorp

Syspeace - intrusion prevention for Windows servers

Would #Syspeace help against #Heartbleed #OpenSSL bug ?

In short, no.

Syspeace monitors failed logins on  #msexchange #WinServ #sharepoint #remotedesktop #Citrix and evaluates if it is a bruteforce attack against the system or not. Syspeace has blocked over 2.6 Million bruteforce attacks against #windowsserver around the world so far.

However, if an attacker has gained access to passwords and usernames he or she will use those and be able to log in. From the systems point of view it is a fully legitimate login thus not awakening #Syspeace.

The nearest days, #sysadmins around the world will be upgrading their systems to the secured OpenSSL but for you as an enduser it is highly recommended to change all of your passwords .
Remember to use strong passwords and never use the same password on different sites.

Here’s a blogpost that might be of use for you to remember complex online passwords.

By Juha Jurvanen @ JufCorp

20% off on all Syspeace licenses until the end of the year!

Year-end BONUS!

To celebrate the imminent new year and that we’ve helped our customers guard their systems from more than 600,000 attacks brute force attacks and dictionary attacks against Windows servers, Exchange servers & OWA Webmail, Terminal Servers, Citrix and more, we offer you a special year-end bonus.

We will extend any license you purchase with 20% from today until 2013-01-02 midnight UTC.
Just visit the license web at https://license.syspeace.com and login with your Syspeace account to purchase a license.

Let Syspeace become a part of your baseline security for Windows Servers.

Season’s greetings from the Syspeace team

Syspeace for Windows 2003 testing started

Syspeace - brute force protection for Windows
Syspeace – bruteforce prevention for Windows servers

Syspeace is an intrusion prevention software for Windows servers , protecting your Windows servers from brute force attacks and dictionary attacks.

This is just a heads up and a newsflash.

Yesterday evening we started live-testing the new version of Syspeace that also will include support for Windows Server 2003.

Other news regarding the next release is a new GUI and a rewritten engine for even better performance and future support for a few other things we’ve got in mind.

The public release is scheduled for January 2013

Syspeace works by monitoring the Windows Server eventlogs and automatically blocks, tracks and reports the intrusion attempt.

Each attack is also checked against a Global Blacklist, designed to keep Syspeace users preemptively protected from hacking attempts by blocking the attacker before they even get the chance .

Syspeace also automatically protects Microsoft Exchange OWA Webmail, Citrix, RDP, Terminal Server, RDWEB and more

Download a free trial and have your servers protected in minutes!

How to setup syspeace for rdp – intrusion prevention for Windows servers

This is actually just a post based on some of the search terms that have led to people finding this blog.


how to setup syspeace for rdp

Actually , it might take you longer to read this blogentry than actualy set it up.

1. Go to the Syspeace website and download the software at http://www.syspeace.com/downloads.aspx

2. Read the requiremnets in the manual:

System requirements
Operating system: Windows 7, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008/2008 R2 (32 or 64 bit), Windows Small Business Server SBS 2008 and so on . (We are currently working on the Windows Server 2012 validation and we have tested it successfully but in certain scenarios the source IP address isn’t displayed in the evenlog. This is a Windows Server issue)
.Net 4 (if not installed, it wil be installed for you )
1GB free disk, minimum 500M RAM.
Auditing for failed login and successful log in switched on in local security policy or in the group policy for the domain. This will enable events in the event-log that Syspeace listens for.
The built-in firewall in Windows must be up and running.

3. Install Syspeace which is quite straight forward

4. Start the GUI and type in a valid mailaddress to get your 30 day free trial license key emailed to you. This emai address is also going to be the account emai you need tp use when purchasing the license.

4. Paste the license number and the GUI will start.

5. By default, the Syspace service is NOT started.

6. Cllick teh Settings button and review the default rules (called the ”Catcha all” rule” and alse set up messaging for blocked attacks (whom to alert, whom to emai license inforamtkion and so on )

7. Close the Settings section. Click the ”START” butto and you’re done.

Now, your Windows server is instantly protected from brute force and dictionary attacks against youe Exchange Webmail OWA, Terminal Servers on RDP (terminal services, remote desktop services, remote app sessions) and the webinterface called RDWEB, your Sharepoint login , your Citrix server, winlogon services and even more.

There’s really not that much more to it.
Since the intrusion prevention for Syspeace monitor the Windows Server Evnetlog , it doens’t matter if you have set up RDP on other ports or if you are using a proxy. Sysoeace is a HIDS (Host Instrusion Protection System) thus eliminating the need for separate hardware, expensive consulans and redesigning you infrastructure.

Just sit back and start recieving resports and emails when an attack is blocked, tracked and reported.