[clug] Linux honeypots ignored

Richard Cottrill richard_c at tpg.com.au
Fri May 13 09:16:39 GMT 2005

Michael James said:
> would be hacked in less than three days; now it takes three
> months.  Why?  My guess is a combination of two reasons.  One, Linux is
> that much more secure than Windows.  Two, the bad guys are focusing on
> Windows -- more bang for the buck.

I suggest that these days the motivations for hackers have moved. Before
there was curiousity, now there's greed. The "bank for your buck" argument
hits the nail on the head. These days a compromised computer is worth
money, and when it's doing something (sending spam, holding a gambling
website hostage, etc.) it's worth a lot of money.

I think mass-defacements and online (deniable) storage may have been
earlier motivations.

Makes you long for the good old days.


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