It’s a Dangerous Web Out There

February 11th, 2007

Computer SecurityRegular Chad’s News readers know how much I write on Computer Security. Having said quite a bit on the subject, I’ve moved on to other topics. But this research by University of Maryland engineers is noteworthy. They set up four Linux computers with weak security, connected them to the internet, and then monitored intrusion attempts over a period of 24 days. On average, the machines were attacked every 39 seconds. The researchers were able to determine the types of attacks, even down to the passwords used in dictionary attacks, as well as what the hackers did with the compromised computers. An interesting read.


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