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Prowling Peer-to-Peer Botnets

  • Monday, December 02, 2013 at 1:00 PM EST (2013-12-02 18:00:00 UTC)
  • George Kurtz


  • CrowdStrike, Inc.

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Join George Kurtz, author of the best-selling security book Hacking Exposed, and his team of top technical experts for quarterly live webcasts featuring cutting-edge cyber security topics, discussions, and live demonstrations.

Peer-to-peer botnets have become the backbone of the cybercrime ecosystem. Due to their distributed nature, they are more difficult to understand and contain than traditional botnets. To combat this problem, we have developed the open-source framework *prowler* for peer-to-peer botnet tracking and node enumeration. It combines efficient crawling strategies with the ability to plug in implementations for custom application layer protocols.

In this live webcast, attendees will learn how to use prowler to reconnoiter and track peer-to-peer botnets. We will show some real-world examples, interpret the results, and discuss pitfalls and challenges. We will then examine how these results can be used in attempts to attack and take over peer-to-peer botnets.

Speaker Bio

George Kurtz

Serial entrepreneur George Kurtz co-founded CrowdStrike, a cutting-edge, big data, security technology company focused on helping enterprises and governments protect their most sensitive intellectual property and national security information. Kurtz is an internationally recognized security expert, author, entrepreneur, and speaker. He has more than 20 years of experience in the security space, including extensive experience driving revenue growth and scaling small and large organizations. His entrepreneurial background and ability to commercialize nascent technologies has enabled him to drive innovation throughout his career by identifying market trends and correlating them with customer feedback, resulting in rapid growth for the businesses he has run. His prior roles at McAfee, a $3-billion security company, include Worldwide Chief Technology Officer and GM, as well as SVP of Enterprise. Prior to joining McAfee, Kurtz started Foundstone in October 1999 as the founder and CEO responsible for recruiting the other six founding team members. Foundstone, a world wide security products and services company, had one of the leading incident response practices in the industry, and was acquired by McAFee in October of 2004. He also authored the best-selling security book of all time, Hacking Exposed: Network Security Secrets & Solutions.

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