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Linux Productivity Magazine: Tripwire

May 14, 2003, 07:00 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Steve Litt)

[ Thanks to Steve Litt for this link. ]

"Every day a hundred email viruses bounce harmlessly off my Linux/Kmail email system. These are Windows viruses propagated by folks with penetrated computers. Blissfully unaware, the owners of these computers continue spreading virii and losing control of their systems or data.

"Consider today's typical denial of service attack. Hundreds or thousands of computers remain compromised, for days or weeks, until the controlling cracker 'pulls the trigger,' causing those compromised computers to to flood the target website. What is the legal liability of those compromised computers? Would you ever want to find out first hand what that legal liability is?

"Security means preventing penetration of your system, but it also means taking quick and decisive action when, despite your best precautions, your system is penetrated. The first step in taking quick and decisive action is knowing that your system has been compromised. How do you find out...?"

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