Everyday we can read stories about password database hacking, malware, ransomware, and so on, and companies can try to protect themselves by paying professionals that do a more or less good jobs, but individuals can’t afford professional service, so it is harder to protect oneself. One solution is to educate yourself as much as possible, but everybody has the time and/or skills to do it, so developers have worked on FalconGate open source smart gateway that’s supposed to protect home devices against hackers, and alerts the user in case of intrusions on your home network, or devices misbehaving.
FalconGate is said to be able to:
- Block several types of Malware based on open source blacklists
- Block Malware using the Tor network
- Detect and report potential Malware DNS requests based on VirusTotal reports
- Detect and report the presence of Malware executables and other components based on VirusTotal reports
- Detect and report Domain Generation Algorithm (DGA) Malware patterns
- Detect and report on Malware spamming activity
- Detect and report on internal and outbound port scans
- Report details of all new devices connected to your network
- Block ads based on open source lists
- Monitor a custom list of personal or family accounts used in online services for public reports of hacking
The software relies on dependencies such as Bro IDS, Python 2.7, Nginx,Dnsmasq,Exim, and PHP, as well as Have I been pwned API, and as been tested with Debian Jessie Lite on Raspberry Pi 2/3 and Banana Pi M2+ boards, with the Raspberry Pi boards limited to 10/100M Ethernet, potentially a bottlenck if you have a fast Internet connection, but FalconGate should also be supported on other (ARM based) boards running Debian or Ubuntu.
The easiest way to install it to get the SD card image for the tested boards. For other boards, you can try a manual installation:
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install git
sudo git clone https://github.com/A3sal0n/FalconGate.git
sudo python install.py
This will take a while depending on your platform and storage device. Your FalconGate powered board will also become your new DHCP server, so you’ll need to disable DHCP in your router. Reboot both, and login to the web interface to configure the email address(es) to be used as recipients for alerts and optionally your VirusTotal API key. Finally, remember to change the default root password, and re-generate the SSH keys.
Jean-Luc started CNX Software in 2010 as a part-time endeavor, before quitting his job as a software engineering manager, and starting to write daily news, and reviews full time later in 2011.
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