Linux Productivity Magazine: Tripwire
May 14, 2003, 07:00 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Steve Litt)
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"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...?"