Privacy Issues with Honeypots and Honeynets

This article discusses the legality of the data collected by honeypots and honeynets, and how they relate to liability and entrapment in US and EU law. After you read, you should be able to describe the four core elements of a honeynet and the issues associated with honeynets. How are honeypots classified according to their level of interaction and their purpose?


Honeypots and honeynets are popular tools in the area of network security and network forensics. The deployment and usage of these tools are influenced by a number of technical and legal issues, which need to be carefully considered. In this paper, we outline the privacy issues of honeypots and honeynets with respect to their technical aspects. The paper discusses the legal framework of privacy and legal grounds to data processing. We also discuss the IP address, because by EU law, it is considered personal data. The analysis of legal issues is based on EU law and is supported by discussions on privacy and related issues.


Source: Pavol Sokol, Jakub Míšek, and Martin Husák ,
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