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For the last few days, our IPS detected that about 1 remote IP address per 1-2 days out
there in the Internet that attempted to access our site are triggering Heartbeat signature alerts.  However, we & the IPS vendor can't be certain if these are false positives.

At 1-2 IP addresses, it may be manageable to block those IP & after say several months,
lift up the rules that block them but we're concerned that

Q1:
Is there any website, mailing list or any method out there that help determine if
the remote source IP addresses are known to be malicious?

Q2:
If I use our local ISP's DNS to do nslookup & it returned that the IP is of
'Non-existent domain', can I safely block it & assume it's malicious?  I'm
assuming a non-existent or non-registered IP has malicious intent

Q3:
Appreciate if anyone can take a look & tell me if the following IP are known
to be malicious or related to Heartbeat?
62.76.40.157     ==>       62-76-40-157.clodo.ru
180.153.198.13 ==>       Non-existent domain
165.124.184.128 ==>  hamsa.cs.northwestern.edu
180.153.195.117 ==> Non-existent domain
180.153.196.193 ==> Non-existent domain
10.251.87.209     ==>  Non-existent domain

Q4:
Can I take the approach to block first & when a  a genuine/non-malicious user
call up to complain his access is blocked, then only unblock it?  So assume
malicious unless proven otherwise.  I suppose this is feasible if we're not
getting lots of IP daily to block.
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by:sunhux
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A few more:

54.234.94.143      ec2-54-234-94-143.10.251.87.209
54.81.153.80      ec2-54-81-153-80.compute-1.amazonaws.com
54.198.183.170      ec2-54-198-183-170.compute-1.amazonaws.com
54.82.249.111      ec2-54-82-249-111.compute-1.amazonaws.com
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by:sunhux
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Can I say that often those suspicious remote IPs are 'spoofed' by
the attacker, ie amended in the data packets so might as well
just block them.

If the attacker is using a constantly/frequently changing IP, then
this approach of block & after a few months, unblock will be
too tedious for us, right?
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by:Dave Baldwin
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Domains aren't the only things that have IP addresses.  All of the IP addresses above that start with 180 are from Shanghai China.  The 164 is from Northwestern University.

10.251.87.209 is a private non-routable and should be on your own LAN.!
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by:Tony Giangreco
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If you have a firewall, you should be able to setup a block of any IP.

You can run a reverse lookup on an IP address to see what domains are on it:
http://www.yougetsignal.com/tools/web-sites-on-web-server/

You can check a site's overall security from a malware standpoint with this link
http://www.unmaskparasites.com/

Here is a heartbleed checker
https://lastpass.com/heartbleed/

Here is a free web security scanner
http://websecuritytool.codeplex.com/
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by:sunhux
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http://www.unmaskparasites.com/
Suppose I don't have a website but just some Internet connections
that are outgoing, I suppose the above won't help.

is there any link that could assess if an Internet IP addr is malicious?
I would like to assess the remote IP, not my own site's IP
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by:Tony Giangreco
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You can track then down with this tool
http://www.geobytes.com/IpLocator.htm

That IP resolves to webcluster.oversun.clodo.ru

Take that address on MxToolbox and run some tests.
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by:Tony Giangreco
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If you don't have a firewall, you can install ZoneAlarm and block the ip with that software firewall
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by:Tony Giangreco
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From the warning at the top of the screen, I would say yes.

It may be they don't have an SSL certificate or other security requirement installed to be considered safe, of they could have been reported as sending spam.
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Giovanni Heward earned 720 total points
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Here's some additional references.  Modify the IP address in the URI accordingly.

http://sitecheck2.sucuri.net/results/62.76.40.157
https://www.virustotal.com/en/ip-address/62.76.40.157/information/
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by:Tony Giangreco
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Have we answered your question?
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by:sunhux
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Yes.


http://sitecheck2.sucuri.net/results/62.76.40.157
In particular, I'm looking for URL like the above.  If there's
more (eg: by other Service Providers other than the 8
listed, say TrendMicro, Checkpoint etc, will be good to
add on to the list as well.
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by:Tony Giangreco
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Ok, are you going to block it?
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by:Tony Giangreco
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Try zone alarm. They have different versions. You will see all alerts of IP's trying to access your network
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by:sunhux
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Wonderful;  I'll block only those that the sites

http://sitecheck2.sucuri.net/results/a.b.c.d
http://www.malwaredomainlist.com/

had listed as known malicious sources
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