Analysis of Password Attacks From The Perspective Of The Attacker By Multiple Honeypots

Aydın, Kıvanç
Authentication is vital for secure operation of ICT systems. Since the past several decades, alternative solutions have been developed for authentication, such as biometric authentication methods, aiming at replacing passwords. Nevertheless, their success has been limited as evidenced by intensive use of passwords. Today, an average user uses dozens of different passwords in daily practice. The frequent use of passwords in authentication also leads to a close interest of attackers due to rapid the expansion of ICT for the past several decades. Recently, almost 70% percent of cyber attacks target user credentials. This study investigates password attacks from the attacker's perspective by using ten honeypot systems that run mock SSH services. The focus of the analysis is the efficiency of the blacklisting approach against password attacks, and the analysis of the attitudes of attackers as recorded in log files. The relationship between the passwords used in the attacks and the local language of the target country was also investigated using a language identification model.


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Citation Formats
K. Aydın, “Analysis of Password Attacks From The Perspective Of The Attacker By Multiple Honeypots,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2021.