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Strong Passwords No Panacea as SSH Brute-Force Attacks Rise

May 16, 2008, 09:00 (8 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joel Hruska)

"Thanks to the end-of-term for many colleges and some K12 schools, brute-force attacks against SSH servers surged sharply this past weekend, according to the SANS Internet Storm Center. The sudden jump in SSH attacks merits a re-examination of how such servers should be properly secured. Jim Owens and Jeanna Matthews of the Department of Computer Science at Clarkson University have published a paper on the methods that such attacks frequently employ and on the best ways to defeat them.

"Linux systems may be secure against the viruses and trojans that can infect Windows, but running Linux, in and of itself, provides no protection against the type of brute force assaults Owen and Matthews discuss..."

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