Caught in the Honeypot

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Caught in the Honeypot

New technology can help protect computer data and collect “sticky” information about hackers that could be used in a future prosecution.

GateSweeper's system redirects a would-be hacker to a "Honeypot", which does not actually contain sensitive data, yet to the intruder it seems like it does. The Honeypot is an isolated server that will collect information about the hacker as evidence to be used later in possible prosecution.

While the hacker thinks they have entered the user's system, they are actually redirected to the GateSweeper system and become caught in the Honeypot. Meanwhile, sensitive data remains uncompromised and safe. The Honeypot then starts to collect electronic evidence like IP addresses, and what kind of data the intruder is trying to get.

It remains to be seen whether it works as effectively as the marketing. But the idea of an attacker's sticky paws getting stuck in the Honeypot, with sensitive data dripping from them, conjures up a great image.


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