Counter Intelligence via Palo Alto Networks

As an aside from most posts found here, I found a fair amount of unusual traffic recently.  Last week I ended up looking up some models of Palo Alto firewalls and even downloaded a smartphone application of theirs. Nothing really out of the ordinary until  this past Wednesday when I see a large influx of traffic to the site.

Site Hits

In the above graphic you can large influx of probing hits coming from Palo Alto Networks. I can only assuming per other farming tactics I’ve seen in the past the data flows as follows.

  1. You visit Vendor XYZ’s site
  2. Vendor XYZ parses their website logs looking for those users who are making multiple queries against the products portion of the company site
  3. Vendor XYZ performs a bot query hitting up the site client’s IP to see if there is a website and if contact information can be captured
  4. A followup script takes the results and if enough information is capture then is forwarded to the pre-sales department
  5. My phone rings

Really? Do you think I’ll buy a PA-5050 or PA-5060 because you cold-call me mysteriously after I visit your website?


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March 10, 2013 at 8:31 am Comments (0)

Office Remodel

A slight digress from the norm for myself is an office remodeling project. While normally I stay out of these kind of issues it reminds me how farsighted organizations can be at times looks at the next 3 or 6 months but never looking years down the road on the effects of what they do. In a large warehouse setting where you have one enormous room it makes sense in a way to use cubicles as it allows for flexibility to change the configuration as years go by. However when trying to use this methodology when you are working with smaller existing rooms which can only really be configured in on or two orientations and where history has shown once installed existing cubicle furniture will be used as is for 10+ years why spend the money on high-wall cubicles  with electrical & data run into them at a cost equal to or more than fixed walls? Often times it is cited it provides a better “community feeling” or aids in “collaboration”. Then why does it often sound like a bar scene where the only way people can concentrate on the task at hand is by using noise-cancelling headphones all day long? Do I really need to hear every conversation of everyone within 5 cubes of myself? No, I think not.


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May 2, 2012 at 9:12 am Comments (0)