Irish firms launch cyber-attack bait

    Date21 Mar 2002
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    Posted ByAnthony Pell
    Inflow, Espion and Deloitte & Touche are running a new "Honeynet" in Ireland to attract would-be cyber attackers and study their habits. The new Honeynet is already up and running at an unspecified Internet address. On-line for just 48 hours . . . Inflow, Espion and Deloitte & Touche are running a new "Honeynet" in Ireland to attract would-be cyber attackers and study their habits. The new Honeynet is already up and running at an unspecified Internet address. On-line for just 48 hours on four non-consecutive days, the decoy computer network has recorded at least 14 successful and potential attacks, its designers said at a briefing on Wednesday.

    The purpose of the Irish Honeynet is to collect in-depth statistical information of malicious attacker (also called blackhat) activities in Ireland and around the world. The attacks that have been made on the Irish Honeynet thus far have come from places like Tunisia, Germany, China, Russia, North America and Malaysia.

    What the executives agreed was most remarkable about the statistics is that the Honeynet is not promoted in any way; the attacks came from people who are just scanning the Net for vulnerable systems.

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