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HoneyMonkey and how it got lost in the shuffle
Or how a competitor can make a research document sizzle
Tapolyai




msg:1232472
 7:33 pm on Aug 11, 2005 (gmt 0)

First some definitions -
from Wikipedia:
In computer terminology, a honeypot is a trap set to detect or deflect attempts at unauthorized use of information systems. Generally it consists of a computer, data or a network site that appears to be part of a network but which is actually isolated and protected, and which seems to contain information that would be of value to attackers.

Microsoft revealed their "honeymonkey" (Ah! See?! It's not just Google that uses monkeys! And you all thought I was bananas!), a few months ago. the general idea is, instead of waiting for an attacker to come to their site, why not send out a bunch of "monkeys" or automated browsing tools and find the potential attackers.

Here is the article, and is publicly available.
ftp://ftp.research.microsoft.com/pub/tr/TR-2005-72.pdf

Great idea, whatever... There is a tiny part which is interestingly appears toward the end of the research - under "3.3 Search Engines as an Infection Vector".

In reference to that particular section of the research document -
Half-Full view:
Excellent resource - maybe the search engines could validate the sites themselves.

or

Excellent - So #1, #2 search engines do not censor sites.

or

Excellent - So #1, #2 have way more sites!

Half-Empty view:
Guess who is the #1 and #2 "culprits" in "providing access" to malicious web sites?

or

Maybe we need legislation to protect us from these "culprits" from the distributions of malice! At least #1 and #2 should be regulated!

or

well that is. What do you think? Interesting...

 

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