Exposed server proves to be a magnet for attacks

Thursday, 30 January 2003, 1:38 PM EST

The server, which contained no data and had no public profile, was attacked every single day over the next three weeks.

PSINet Europe ran the test on an unprotected server at its Internet Data Center in Amsterdam, and registered a total of 626 malicious attacks over the three week period.

A significant number of attacks originated from broadband or cable ISPs. Attackers can target potential targets more quickly and more cheaply as bandwidth increases. PSINet's report into the experiment says that: "High bandwidth links do not only provide end users with faster download times--they also allow hackers to attack a wider target audience with a wider array of tools."

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