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Honeypot snares raise ethical and legal issues

CATCHING NETWORK FLIES: The deployment of “honeypot” snares to trap and study malicious computer hacking is gaining credence in the networked world. But the practice, however useful, raises legal and ethical issues. The idea is to set up a server that holds no crucial data. Then you wait for the bad guys to invade — it typically doesn’t take long — and figure out what they’re doing, so you can prevent them from doing it to more valuable machines. Crackers (the name often given to malicious hackers) like to scan Internet-connected computer systems to see which ones may be vulnerable. Even if just 1 percent can be broken into, that adds up to an enormous number of actual machines and sites. Firewalls and intrusion-detection systems are helpful, but they don’t spot all of the bad stuff, and they can also block or detect benign connections and activities. Full Story

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