A Study of Passwords and Methods Used in Brute-Force SSH Attacks
Source: Clarkson University
A recent study also suggests that Linux systems may play an important role in the command and control networks for botnets. Defending against brute-force SSH attacks may therefore prove to be a key factor in the effort to disrupt these networks. This paper reports on a study of brute-force SSH attacks observed on three very different networks: an Internet-connected small business network, a residential system with a DSL Internet connection, and a university campus network. The similarities observed in the methods used to attack these disparate systems are quite striking. The evidence suggests that many brute-force attacks are based on pre-compiled lists of usernames and passwords, which are widely shared.