To Trap A Thief
Source: ComputerWorld - Posted by Dave Wreski   
Intrusion Detection If you want to break into a house, why spend time prying open the front door if the back door is wide open? Same goes when breaking into computer networks. Most networks and servers are set up with configuration errors that . . . If you want to break into a house, why spend time prying open the front door if the back door is wide open? Same goes when breaking into computer networks. Most networks and servers are set up with configuration errors that are well known to hackers, who can download free tools that will scan many different networks looking for those easy-open entry points. No genius-level code manipulation or high IQ is needed.

Your network administrators haven't had time to install the latest Microsoft Windows NT security patch yet? Great. A consultant left obvious root access passwords on the firewall he built for you? Even better.

Things get interesting, however, when a security administrator purposely leaves a back door open but hides a tripwire behind it. Now the security person knows when an intruder trips the wire and, with luck, the perpetrator can be caught or scared away before causing any damage.

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