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What do cyber attacks actually look like? Here… I’ll show you

Below are two denial of service attacks that have been caught in my honeypot recently (of the hundreds I’ve captured).  In each example, you see people people or systems unaware that they are in a virtual sandbox and can’t really execute live commands.  The first example is a someone pushing a script to my honeypot (you can tell because the commands are being pasted quickly).  The second is an actual person (you can tell due to misspellings of commands and the use of the backspace key).  Though a honeypot environment doesn’t actually permit the commands to run, these examples demonstrate how scripts are used to take control of systems and push DoS or DDoS attacks.

Example 1:

Example 2:

You may know that has been under DoS/DDoS attack in the past.  WordPress is just about the best online blogging tool available, but it does fall under considerable attack due to the utilization of PHP code.  If you run a WordPress blog, here is my recommendation of plugin tools that will help keep attacks to a minimum:

  1. Wordfence Security
  2. Captcha by BestWebSoft
  3. IP Geo Block
  4. Simple IP Ban
  5. WP BackItUp
  6. WP Limit Login Attempts
  7. WP Statistics

Backup and patch often!

ePrepper is going offline this month and will likely be offline before the end of January 2017, unless I can find someone to either take over the site or migrate its content to. Properly maintaining the site has been taking up too much time and cutting into my family. I would like to see the content of ePrepper get absorbed into a larger site. If you run a blog and are interested using content from ePrepper, please email dan [dot] michaels [at] eprepper [dot] net.

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