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

[ 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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