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NewsForge: Crackers and Honey: An Irresistible Combination for Network Security

Nov 15, 2004, 07:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Mayank Sharma)

[ Thanks to Brice Burgess for this link. ]

"Denial of service (DoS) attacks aim to take down Web servers and other Internet resources, often by swarming them with repeated requests, which knocks them out. LaBrea is honeypot software that cooks up a fake machine with virtual ports with virtual vulnerabilities for a cracker to play with.

"A honeypot is software that attracts hostile activity by masquerading as a vulnerable system. While it's running, the honeypot gathers information about attackers and their techniques and patterns. Honeypots distract crackers from more valuable machines on a network, and provide early warning about attacks and exploitation trends..."

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