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Hades Creates Alternate Reality to Mislead Hackers

By Sandia National Laboratories

November 30, 2017

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Researchers at Sandia National Laboratories have developed the High-fidelity Adaptive Deception & Emulation System (HADES), an alternative reality that tells hackers what they want to believe.

Instead of being removed from a data source, a discovered hacker is led into HADES, where cloned virtual hard drives, memory, and datasets create a simulation that closely mirrors reality, but with certain artifacts deliberately but not obviously altered.

The researchers say this system will lead hackers to send wrong information back to their handlers, and if a hacker does figure out that something is wrong, they must display their toolkit as they try to discover the truth.

Sandia researcher Vince Urias notes HADES can operate in multiple modes from a small organization without resources to a large company. He also says the new technique has enabled the researchers to locate malware an attacker has placed in a system.

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