Hackers Turn Back the Clock with Telnet Attacks

Monday Feb 7th 2011 by Datamation.com Staff

Companies that forget to disable the aging remote-access protocol on their servers are becoming victims of attacks.

Computerworld: According to a new report from security vendor Akamai Technologies Inc., 10 percent of cyberattacks from mobile networks were aimed at Port 23, used by the aging Telnet remote-access protocol. In fact, Telnet was was "overwhelmingly the top targeted port for attacks" in Egypt, Peru and Turkey.

Telnet has largely been replaced by SSH technology. Systems administrators who forget to disable the older protocol could become victims of these attacks.

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