Deception Technology for Linux: How to Trick Cyber Criminals into Focusing on a Decoy

4 – 8 min read 28 12/12/2022

Security-savvy Linux sysadmins understand that it’s best to assume that their systems are breached. Threats targeting Linux systems are becoming increasingly pervasive due to the growing popularity of the open-source OS. Linux malware reached an all-time high in the first half of 2022.

When it comes to detecting and protecting against malware and other security threats, traditional intrusion detection and prevention systems dispatch too many false positives and can be too easy to circumvent. Moreover, threat hunters can’t catch everything, and there are not enough people with these skills to go around. 

As a result, administrators and organizations are increasingly turning to active defense, or deception technologies, to help identify malicious actors within their systems. Honeypots, an invaluable offensive security tool for learning the tactics and motives of the Blackhat community and sharing the information and insights gathered, are an excellent type of deception technology that is highly effective in detecting attacks and lateral movement, protecting remotely accessible services, and improving active directory security with a very low rate of false positives. This article will explore deception technologies and how they work and introduce some excellent open-source honeypots you can use to detect threats for free.

What Are Deception Technologies & How Do They Work?

Deception technology is aimed to deceive attackers by setting up decoys and traps that imitate an actual environment. It is a cybersecurity defense strategy that is triggered if an

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