'Decoy nets' gain backers in battle against hackers
Source: CNN - Posted by Ryan W. Maple   
Intrusion Detection This so-called "deception" network is envisioned as more than just a single server set up to be a "honeypot," where hackers may break in, find a dead end and have their activities recorded with an eye toward prosecution. Rather, the decoy . . . This so-called "deception" network is envisioned as more than just a single server set up to be a "honeypot," where hackers may break in, find a dead end and have their activities recorded with an eye toward prosecution. Rather, the decoy net is an entire fake network, complete with host computers on a LAN with simulated traffic, to convince hackers for as long as possible that it's real.

Experts debate whether such nets will be worth the effort, but agree they can be a way to slow hackers long enough to sort the curious from the truly destructive.

A group calling itself The Honeynet Project has quietly begun testing decoy networks on the Internet and soon plans to publish a paper on how to build one.

According to Ed Skoudis, chief security strategist at Predictive Systems, the idea is the brainchild of Sun security consultant Lance Spitzner. "We set up honeypots to watch hacker activity," says Skoudis, who participates in the invitation-only group and spoke about new hacker tools and defenses at last week's InfoSec show.

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