Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Microsoft hunts web nasties with honey monkeys

Interesting - this is the first I’ve heard of this, and it’s a good follow-up to my talk on securing XPE devices from MEDC last week.  While nothing in this article is specific to XPE, it will bear fruit for XPE device makers as a welcome side-effect of it’s goals of protecting XP desktops.  A variation of a honey pot, the “honeymonkey” concept doesn’t wait for hackers to come feast on the honey, but brings the honey to the hacker looking for exploits.  The use of virtual XP machines is a good approach as well.  Strider is a tool developed by MS to find root-kit viruses, viruses that mask themselves from normal scans by hooking and/or shimming XP binaries.

Microsoft hunts web nasties with honey monkeys | Channel Register

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