Wired: A 'Tarpit' That Traps Worms
Sep 19, 2001, 23:31 (14 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michelle Delio)
[ Thanks to Tim
Rushing and Dennis
Powell for this link. ]
"Network administrators now have a hacking tool that
can help them strike back at malicious attackers.
"LaBrea" is a free, open-source tool that deters worms and other
hack attacks by transforming unused network resources into
decoy-computers that appear and act just like normal machines on a
network. But when malicious hackers or mindless worms such as Nimda
or Code Red attempt to connect with a LaBrea-equipped system, they
get sucked into a virtual tarpit that grabs their computer's
connection -- and doesn't release it.
Worms trapped in the tarpit are unable to move along to infect
other computers. Stuck hackers first waste their time flailing away
at a non-existent machine; they are then forced to shut down their
hacking program or computer to escape."
The article doesn't mention it, but the code is GPL'd and runs
The article also fails to mention where to find it:
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