Project Nova

Nova News

4/30/2013: The Q1-13 build is complete and available on the Github page.  Significant updates include improved central management system user interface, new support for assigning names to honeypots, a new underlying asynchronous messaging system, and a new software update system using the Debain repository.  Try the newest release and .
2/19/2013: Nova was featured on the Hacker Hotshots Web Pod Cast February 19, 2013.  Listen to Pod Cast
12/31/2012: The Q4-12 build is complete.  Updates based on initial customer feedback were made:  Central management system to control multiple instances of Nova, Haystack auto-configuration tool enhanced such that it is now capable of scaling to tens of thousands of fake machines.
10/31/2012: The Nova appliance now supports up to 8 Ethernet ports - users can configure one appliance for up to 8 separate networks in one physical location.

Cyber Security in the News

10/1/2013: 5 Reasons Every Company Should Have A Honeypot - Dark Reading article highlighting the benefits of using a honeypot to deter attacks.  Read Article
5/8/2013: Honeypots Lure Industrial Hackers Into the Open - MIT Technology Review article describing dummy water-plant control systems attracting immediate attention from hackers - suggesting these types of attacks happen to real industrial systems, too.  Read Article
4/26/2013: Time to Set Up the Honeypot - A new report describing the use of active defense tools, like Nova, is key to detecting today's cyber threats.  Read Article
4/22/2013: Verizon Data Breach Report Released revealing 78% of intrusions are relatively easy and states energy used to release security patches needs equivalent resources to make the network security system stronger.  Nova uses software agents to work as decoys to catch intruders before they do harm.  Read Report
1/2/2013: Washington Post article about firms salting their servers with fake data to thwart hackers - reflecting a growing sense in industry that companies need to be more aggressive in fighting off intruders as the costs of digital espionage soar.  Nova can automatically generate fake-machines, configured to match the operating systems and services that are already on the network.  Read Article

Past Events

CactusCon 2013 - March 22, 2013 in Tempe, AZ
David "PherricOxide" Clark presented "Operating system version detection when Nmap fails: a tool for fingerprinting machines with no open ports or ICMP responses".  View Event Site.

HOPE Number 9 - July 13-15, 2012 in New York, NY
DEF CON 20 - July 26-29, 2012 in Las Vegas, NV

Dan "AltF4" Petro presented "Messing with Nmap Through Smoke and Mirrors at both conferences".  The presentations included a live demonstration of Nova.

Download slides from presentations
Download audio from HOPE presentation

BSidesPHX 2012 - February 18, 2012 in Tempe, AZ
Dan "AltF4" Petro presented "Network anti-reconnaissance for fun and profit: Messing with Nmap".  View Event Site.