Intrusion Detection Systems: An Opening For Hackers?
Source: NewsBytes - Posted by Nick DeClario   
Intrusion Detection System administrators who rely on intrusion detection systems to snag malicious hacker trying to break into their system may actually be lulling themselves into a false sense of security, the government's security watchdog warned today. The National Infrastructure Protection Center (NIPC), . . . System administrators who rely on intrusion detection systems to snag malicious hacker trying to break into their system may actually be lulling themselves into a false sense of security, the government's security watchdog warned today. The National Infrastructure Protection Center (NIPC), the FBI's cyber-crime division, said initial reports indicate that a software package had been identified that could be used to disable a computer's intrusion detection system (IDS) by flooding it with Internet traffic from a number of Internet addresses simultaneously. The heavy traffic could cause the IDS to become inoperative, thus opening the door to malicious hackers, the NIPC said.

The NIPC did not release any further information about the IDS systems affected or the source of the tool that could be used to defeat them, saying only that it was "still reviewing the information for accuracy and to determine the level of threat."

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