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Re: [PEN-TEST] Network Attack Trend Analysis
From: Erik Tayler <nine () 14X NET>
Date: Tue, 5 Sep 2000 23:18:33 -0500

Factual wasn't the word I was looking for. If I can remember correctly,
the person that was asking for information was looking for certain
stats, and (in my limited understanding of attrition) I thought
attrition only provided statistics for websites that were defaced, which
wouldn't take into account dedicated mailservers, or just fileservers et
cetera. Ok, well you already covered everything I just said, but I don't
feel like deleting my hard work. So hrm, let me rephrase...

"Attrition is a great statistical page regarding website defacements."

Happy? ;-}

Erik Tayler
14x Network Security
http://www.14x.net

security curmudgeon wrote:

Check CERT [ www.cert.org ] for recent network attack trends and most
commonly exploited vulnerabilities, et cetera. Check the Attrition
defacement mirror statistics [ www.attrition.org ] for a general
overview of the .com/.net/.gov/.edu/.kr et cetera. These statistics are
for general knowledge, and should not be considered factual, however
interesting they may be.

Just curious why you would consider the attrition.org stats "not factual"?

The real disclaimer is that the stats cover security incidents where web
pages were defaced. Obviously many intrusions are carried out and the web
server untouched, all of which would fall outside the scope of the
Attrition Mirror and its stats.

We verify all defaced pages we mirror before putting them up on the
mirror.  This leaves a small margin for error for mirrored sites before
Jan of 99, but all data on the mirror is accurate to the best of our
knowledge and research.

While it is not thorough and leaves a small margin for error, I certainly
don't think you can say "These statistics .. should not be considered
factual."


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