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    where they were able to install port scanning scripts on to the machines.  SoapBlox servers were then being used to scan other servers across the Internet, looking for vulnerabilities.

    Is like a self perpetuating virus?

    Or actual hackers/crackers targeting weak security?

    And if the later, what is the point, to steal personal information? Or host illegal websites?

    Just curious.

    I am a liberal - I question authority, ALL authority.

    by Pescadero Bill on Thu Jan 08, 2009 at 10:43:55 AM PST

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      Is like a self perpetuating virus?

      Yes and no.  Technically, a worm is closer to a self perpetuating virus for unix servers.  A scripted attack may occur from another compromised host, but often is run directly from the script kiddie's host.  It depends on the script and the user of the script, and how many other hosts the script-kiddie has under control already to use as platforms for attack.

      Or actual hackers/crackers targeting weak security?

      On any given day, security may be weak.  Security is always a race between those who would compromise it, and those who maintain it.  It is always in flux, and requires constant vigilance.  Ironically, the white hats who defend the systems must be that much better than the black hats who would destroy them; the white hats must protect against all attacks; the black hats only need one success.

      And if the later, what is the point, to steal personal information? Or host illegal websites?

      Yes.  The networks of collected personal information are wide spread and organized.  A bit of data about a person from point A, a bit more from B... soon you have enough to preform identity and credit card theft.

      But others do it to host illegal sites.  Others just because they can.  Others to preform DDOS attacks against someone they don't like or think needs to be 'punished' for something.  Others out of pure maliciousness and spite.

      Quick to judge, Quick to anger, Slow to understand; Ignorance and prejudice and fear walk hand in hand. -- Neil Peart

      by JRandomPoster on Thu Jan 08, 2009 at 11:10:21 AM PST

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