Bringing a Cannon to a Knife Fight

by Adam Kozy, Johannes Gilger Sept. 18, 2017 via Black Hat submitted by belen_caty

This talk aims to examine Chinas destructive new toy and its methods for turning both Chinese users and global visitors to Chinese sites into the worlds largest botnet. We'll review the Great Cannons early construction, examine how it intercepts traffic as a Man-in-the-Middle proxy by doing live probe requests to the GC & GFW to determine the difference between their traffic, and show the relative ease with which it can further weaponize users to carry out attacks on sites deemed a threat to the Chinese Communist Party. Arguably as important as comprehending the methods by which the Great Cannon functions is understanding the WHY we intend to walk you through why the GC made an appearance at the time it did, the political underpinnings behind the decision to attack the Github repos, and how you can expect to see it change in the future as HTTPS and DNSSEC become more widely used.

https://www.blackhat.com/us-15/briefings.html#bringing-a-cannon-to-a-knife-fight

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Steven Ulm 1 month ago

Not even China could harm the Github repos... good description. Enjoyed reading the article as well!

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Mitchell Rowton moderator 1 month ago

That's quite a click-bait title you have there

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