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SSH (Secure SHell) is a common tool for setting up a “VPN tunnel” using port forwarding, or secure remote access to the command line; thus it is not uncommon for servers providing SSH connections to be directly accessible from the Internet.

Hackers are constantly testing defenses looking for configurations that missed something important and therefore allow access. SSH daemon configurations that improperly turned off keyboard-interactive logons but forgot to enable the “ChallengeResponseAuthentication no” are being attacked.

From SANS:

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Distributed SSH Brute Force Attacks.

Will the Internet crash in 2012?

Matt Ford posted a story yesterday to CNN about the Internet running out of IP addresses and that there will be no new IP addresses for anyone to use after 2012, or as soon as September 2011.  This story is reported as if it is ‘new’ news, but this is an old story, as Matt probably well knows.  Many have sounded this warning before, but is it for real this time?
The Big Internet Crunch -or- We’re out of IP addresses, again

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I decided to take a look at the statistics for InetDaemon.Com with an eye towards looking for mobile users to see if access to my site corresponded to trends I saw elsewhere.  I have a tool called AWSTATS installed which logs the basic TCP and HTTP transaction information for all accesses to the website.  This provides me a fairly comprehensive look at what sorts of computerized devices are accessing my website.

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Mobile phone use is exploding all over the planet. Mobile access to the web in North America was up more than 148% in 2009, according to Quantcast.  Asian and South American countries still lag behind but are growing. More than 50% of the mobile web users are on iPhones, according to Quantcast.

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