I've Been Hacked-What Now

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My server has been hacked...what do I do now?

This page will offer suggestions and resources for identifying and eliminating threats to your web servers/applications after a suspected attack.

Anyone interested in contributing is welcome.

Here are the current section ideas contributed by marcin


Basic principles:

  • Incident identification/notification may occur from a number of information sources (events):
    • Staff reporting unusual activity
    • Staff, clients or public reporting a problem
    • Technical teams/support discovering evidence of an incident on systems.
    • Alerts from IDS, security monitoring systems or anti-virus software, Firewalls or WAFS.
  • Roles:
    • A Security incident owner must be assigned.
    • A point of contact must be available to respond to incidents at all times.
    • A security incident owner must track the security incident to remediation and resolution.

  • Examples of an incident:
    • Virus/malware infection
    • Unauthorised system changes
    • Unauthorised application/web site changes
    • Unauthorised disclosure of client information or information leakage
    • Theft or loss of company information/assets
  • Examples of an event:
    • Reports from intrusion detection system/WAF/Firewall or log scraping system
    • Reports from vulnerability scanning/traffic monitoring/perfromance monitoring



Evidence Collection

Forensic Analysis


Incident Follow-up