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04 March 2012 @ 03:34 pm
Cats and Hackers  
First, Cats! Nym, our new kitty, was found sleeping in the same spot that Banjo (who recently died of FIP at age 1) liked to lay. I also found Banjo on the floor today, i guess she was playing with him.
Nym, Nym sleeping next to Banjo

Here she is just playing with a mouse. Yes, this was filmed with a potato.

Next, Hackers. It's pretty typical to get automated scans and hacking attempts on any public services. But it has really stepped up in the last few days. I've been seeing "live" attacks and not just automated ones. Spent much of the morning checking logs and closing the things s/he was poking at.

If i add the attacking ip to the firewall, a few minutes later s/he will be back with not just a new one but a new one located in a different country. So i've started work on a php script that watchdogs the logs and auto-deny any ip that does something abnormal. Abnormal is including 404s and long GETs, so it is pretty strict. It allows for some whitelisting though for legit 404s and so on.

The ips are pooled and i'm searching for things they have in common. Maybe they are all part of a company service or p2p network or something. Then i can outright deny any connecting machine that is part of that network/service.

Only once before has my machine been hacked (that i know of). There was a zero day ssh exploit that took me completely unprepared. Had to wipe the box :(
i.: We find it only in each othermousewings on March 5th, 2012 06:30 am (UTC)
I'm very sorry about Banjo.

The very idea of my computer being hacked or websites where I've inputted my personal info being hacked scares me.