‘This Is Happening Every Day and It’s Like Manure’: Inside the Hacking Attacks Bombarding Australia
I’m sitting at the kitchen table, staring at my laptop screen and watching red dots pulse on a map of the world. Each represents a cyber attack underway on one of 12 strategically-placed “honeypots'”, but not the kind Winnie The Pooh would seek out. These attackers are being lured by online sensors that are rigged to appear like computers loaded with the kind of information a cyber-criminal might go for.
As I watch, one or two red dots becomes 10, then 20, 30, until I lose count. At the bottom of the screen a list of attempted “new attacks” grows longer: Ireland to Australia, China to Australia, Russia to Australia.
Behind every one of these throbbing red dots sits a cyber criminal — maybe someone hidden in plain sight, perhaps stationed at his or her own kitchen table just down the road from me….MORE