Monday, October 09, 2006

BBC's Honeypot

While checking the news this morning I found an interesting article on BBC News that describes their honeypot experience, which is essentially a computer setup on the internet designed to lure attackers for research or other investigative purposes. "When we put this machine online it was, on average, hit by a potential security assault every 15 minutes. None of these attacks were solicited, merely putting the machine online was enough to attract them...Once a day on average, came net attacks that tried to subvert the honeypot to put it under the control of a malicious hacker." This comes as no surprise to the security-aware, and it is not the first time such honeypots have been setup. As a reminder, it's Patch Tuesday tomorrow. (Source: BBC News)

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