Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 8th Mar 2006 13:46 UTC, submitted by Hakime
Mac OS X Here are the results of the challenge launched by the Unversity of Wisconsin to test OS X against hacking. "The response has been very strong; traffic to the host spiked at over 30 Mbps. Most of the traffic, aside from casual web visitors, was web exploit scripts, ssh dictionary attacks, and scanning tools such as Nessus. The machine was under intermittent DoS attacks. During the two brief periods of denial of service, the host remained up. The test machine was a Mac mini (PowerPC) running Mac OS X 10.4.5 with Security Update 2006-001, had two local accounts, and had ssh and http open with their default configurations. There were no successful access attempts during the 38 hour duration of the test period."
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I am still wondering...
by someone on Wed 8th Mar 2006 15:15 UTC
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Originally, the person said he was going to run the test until Friday, but then he decided to end the contest last night.

I am wondering what's behind this decision.

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RE: I am still wondering...
by Dually on Wed 8th Mar 2006 15:31 in reply to "I am still wondering..."
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Well I would assume they didnt like having their bandwidth eaten away with a 30Mbps spike and DoS attacks.

They gave the experiment more time and with a more realistic setup than the original and people did try to gain access or nock it down but it didnt happen. I am sure there is someway that it could have been done just no one was able to do it yet.

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RE: I am still wondering...
by Wayne_ on Thu 9th Mar 2006 05:45 in reply to "I am still wondering..."
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From what I've read, it's as simple as the fact that the person's employer was not happy at all with what he'd done. You know, all that bandwidth, the publicity, hackers trying to get into the box perhaps by compromising other machines on the network, etc.

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