Icarus SMTP honeypot

We are proud to announce my latest new open source project has been released on github!

This project’s goal is to create a SMTP honeypot to collect malware and automatically upload it to virustotal. Simple and to the point. In the future I will expand the honeypot’s features, including the ability to accept attachments and automatically forward them to virustotal to be analyzed. It currently logs the originating IP address, sender’s email address, recipient’s email address, and date and stores a copy of the malware.

I suspect most of our readers won’t have a use for this project, but let me explain my motivation.

I am a cyber security analyst with previous experience in systems and networking. I have some programming and scripting experience, but I have never been a developer. I started this project because I wanted to improve my Python and Git skills. I started with no python skills but to walk a mile, you must take the first few stumbling steps.

How do you get better? You fail, learn from failing, rinse, repeat until you learn every way to fail, and then you start succeeding. Never be afraid to fail, be afraid of not trying.

Python is awesome, I regret having not gotten into it earlier. I don’t care who you are or what your technical background is, you need to give python a try if you haven’t already.

"You’ll always miss 100% of the shots you don’t take." Wayne Gretzky