Your Fly Is Open

Netmenaces and other Internet Stupidity


This site contains stories about the various stuff I’ve found over the past six years of running honeypot systems on the Internet. I’ve seen a lot of things and I’ve told a lot of system owners their machines were compromised - and a few of them have even listened. I’ve been yelled at, threatened, and told I didn’t know what I was talking about. What makes it all worthwhile is every once in a while someone actually says “thank you,” and I get the satisfaction of knowing I made the Internet a better and safer place.

For those of you who may not have heard the term before, a “honeypot” is a computer that appears to be running one or more services that look very much like they’re ripe for being hacked. Then, when a hacker comes along and tries to do something bad, the honeypot logs everything that they do. From those detailed logs, we can learn a lot of things about how hackers operate and how their attacks work.

You can follow my honeypot on twitter, where it tweets a time-delayed stream of information about attacks as @netmenaces - it recently sent out its 250,000th tweet.

I try my best to “change the names to protect the innocent.” Sometimes I don’t - mostly when I don’t think there is anyone really innocent.

If you don’t like something… tough. Get your own honeypot…


Tom Liston
Twitter: @tliston