Keeping hackers at bay

I can honestly say, I get REAL sick of people trying to hack on my servers. I guess it’s just part of having a server out there. I was sitting working on one of my servers this morning and happened to click up my Terminal Services Manager and what did I find? A recurring connection attempt popping up over and over again. I knew exactly what he was doing – trying to logon to the Remote Desktop with a general brute force attack.

I see the look on people’s faces when I actually tell them what happens on these servers with all the hack attempts. It’s usually one of “Yeah, right…” I have to admit, I really didn’t think about it back in the days where I was just running on a shared server for my hosting.  I’d read a lot about Chinese and Korean hackers banging on servers all day long and it really just didn’t make much of an impression on me.  On shared servers, you don’t really have a whole lot of control. BUT, when you actually have the whole server at your fingertips, it comes down to you needing to protect it – and that’s a whole NEW can of worms.

Not only does crap like this waste my resources, it generally just trifles with me. Really? You don’t have ANYTHING better to do than to try to get into my server?  If they would just try a few attempts and give up, it would be one thing, but when you find someone trying for 3 days solid every few seconds, you just sort of need to put your foot down.

It is somewhat gratifying to finally just finally “clickety click” and watch those failure attempts just stop. Perhaps one day I’ll get truly ticked and turn the tables on them and start hacking on THEIR computers. Just need to learn Chinese.

Author: Eric Erickson

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