Fighting Internet worms with honeypots

Friday, 24 October 2003, 11:36 AM EST

Summer 2003 will sadly remain famous for netsurfers because of the propagation of an Internet worm known as MSBlast, which infected millions of hosts running Microsoft Windows. This event is far from unique; other worms such as Slammer, Code Red, Nimda have similarly wreaked havoc in the past.

The goal of these roaming computer entities is to autonomously reproduce themselves on every reachable system on the Internet, resulting in ongoing problems with computer security.

The human tendency to use the same types of systems and applications, correlated to a kind of Darwinism theory for computer "monoculture", could have some security experts fear the widespread destruction of a given family of systems connected to Internet if an especially malicious new Internet worm were to appear. What would have happened if the recent worm MSBlast had formatted the hard drives of millions of infected Windows machines? It didn't, but it could have very easily.

As computer attacks evolve, new responses are essential.

This paper will evaluate the usefulness of using honeypots to fight Internet worms. The first part of the article will discuss some background information on worms and their ubiquity, then move on to discuss some of the interesting interactive functions of honeypots. Finally, we will study how a honeypot framework can be used to fight off Internet worms and even perform a counterattack, before we conclude with some future perspectives.

[ Read more ]

Related items




Spotlight

How to keep your contactless payments secure

Posted on 19 September 2014.  |  Fraudsters can pickpocket a victimís financial data using low-cost electronics that can fit into a rucksack. Here are the top security threats you should be aware of if youíre using a RF-based card, along with our top safety tips to keep your payments secure.


Weekly newsletter

Reading our newsletter every Monday will keep you up-to-date with security news.
  



Daily digest

Receive a daily digest of the latest security news.
  

DON'T
MISS

Mon, Sep 22nd
    COPYRIGHT 1998-2014 BY HELP NET SECURITY.   // READ OUR PRIVACY POLICY // ABOUT US // ADVERTISE //