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Hackers increasingly using telnet for attacks, port 23 looking younger than ever

Tim Stevens
January 31, 2011
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You can't always just hang around waiting for the next big Microsoft security update. Sometimes you have to go and make your own destiny -- even if it means probing a few dusty ports. That's apparently the mantra of modern hackers who are, according to Akamai, increasingly looking back at telnet as a means to gain unapproved access to systems of all shapes and sizes. Admins of course should be relying on SSH for such remote shell access, far more secure, but apparently many like to keep port 23 open for old time's sake. Green-screen nostalgia is, apparently, a dangerous thing.

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