Hackers caught in security 'honeypot'
Source: ZDNet - Posted by Jen Olson   
Hacks/Cracks Security pros use HoneyNet Project to learn tricks of the hacking trade --and raise corporate awareness. When a group of suspected Pakistani hackers broke into a U.S.-based computer system in June, they thought they had found a vulnerable network to use . . . Security pros use HoneyNet Project to learn tricks of the hacking trade --and raise corporate awareness. When a group of suspected Pakistani hackers broke into a U.S.-based computer system in June, they thought they had found a vulnerable network to use as an anonymous launching pad to attack Web sites across India.

But what they had done was walk right into a trap known as a honeypot -- a specially equipped system deployed by security professionals to lure hackers and track their every move. For a month, every keystroke they made, every tool they used, every word of their online chat sessions was recorded and studied. The honeypot administrators learned how the hackers chose their targets, what level of expertise they had, what their favorite kinds of attacks were, and how they went about trying to cover their tracks so that they could nest on compromised systems.

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