Honeypots turn the tables on hackers

Wednesday, 31 July 2002, 12:38 AM EST

Honeypots, which have been around for about 10 years but now are gaining interest and momentum, are digital decoys, of sorts. They are built to be probed and attacked  an online come-on to blackhat hackers. Once the honeypot is attacked, security administrators can watch how the hacker moves around the system, and she can see what tools the hacker is using and what information hes going after.

It's a way to spy on your enemy.

And if you're lucky, it might even be a form of camouflage. Hackers could be fooled into thinking they've accessed a corporate network, when actually they're just banging around in a honeypot -- while the real network remains safe and sound.

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