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The Honeynet Project: Trapping the Hackers
March-April 2003 (vol. 1 no. 2)
pp. 15-23
Lance Spitzner, Sun Microsystems

One of the greatest challenges we face within the security community is information about the threats we face?specifically, who the threats are, how they operate, and why. The Honeynet Project is an organization attempting to change that. Comprised of volunteers from around the world, the Honeynet Project is dedicated to studying the bad guys and sharing the lessons learned. The group gathers information by deploying networks (called honeynets) around the world to be compromised. This article details what a honeynet is, how the Honeynet Project works, gives examples of the information collected, and describes a future plan for distributed honeynet deployment.

Index Terms:
Honeypots, honeynets, Honeynet Project, early warning and prediction, information gathering, distributed honeynets
Lance Spitzner, "The Honeynet Project: Trapping the Hackers," IEEE Security & Privacy, vol. 1, no. 2, pp. 15-23, March-April 2003, doi:10.1109/MSECP.2003.1193207
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