HTTP and HTTPS alerts are notifications that AutoFocus generates in JavaScript Object Notation (JSON) data format. In an HTTP/HTTPS alert, information about the samples are formatted as JSON name-value pairs separated by colons. For example, the name-value pair date: 'March 19, 2016 05:56 PM' describes the date and time that a sample was detected for the alert. All alerts use the same set of field names, but their values vary depending on the samples detected in the alert period.
You can configure AutoFocus HTTP/HTTPS alerts to send notifications as plain text to a web server using standard HTTP requests or within a secure communications channel using HTTPS requests. Additionally, AutoFocus can authenticate a user on the web server receiving the HTTPS alerts with basic user authentication, providing another layer of security. All HTTPS requests use TLS 1.2 ciphers to negotiate security settings.
Use HTTP alerts to publish information about detected samples on a web page or a threat feed.
When creating an HTTP/HTTPS alert, provide the URL of a server that has been preconfigured to parse the name-value pairs from the alert. If you are configuring an HTTPS alert with basic authentication, provide the user credentials of an account on the server receiving the notifications. Refer to the following table of field names and possible data types for the field values. The data type describes how a value should be interpreted and stored by the server.
Field Name
Data Type
postit1.png num_alerts
The number of unique samples detected within the alert period
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The date and time that the alert was sent in the following format: Month DD, YYYY hh:mm [AM/PM]
postit3.png alerts
A list of each sample detected and the details associated with it
postit4.png date
The date and time that the sample was detected in the following format: Month DD, YYYY hh:mm [AM/PM]
postit5.png match_sample
The SHA256, SHA1, and MD5 hashes of the sample
postit6.png alert_name
The specific tag that triggered the alert for the sample
postit7.png alert_type
The tag type that triggered the alert. The different alert_type values that can be displayed are:
  • private—private tags owned by you
  • public—public tags
  • unit42—tags issued by Unit 42
postit8.png verdict
The WildFire verdict assigned to the sample: malware or grayware.
To focus your attention on samples that exhibit malicious behavior, AutoFocus does not send alerts for benign samples.
postit9.png for
The name of the support account that created the alert

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