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  1. #1
    Scott Campbell NNTP User

    Account Attacks on POP3 Servers

    Anyone noticed any attacks recently on their POP3 servers?

    Just had a spate of attempts against 4 usernames. About 170 attempts
    that look like they came from Italy.

    Presumably attempts to find account passwords so they can try
    authenticating to SMTP servers for relaying...

  2. #2
    G of Borg NNTP User

    Re: Account Attacks on POP3 Servers

    > Anyone noticed any attacks recently on their POP3 servers?
    >
    > Just had a spate of attempts against 4 usernames. About 170 attempts
    > that look like they came from Italy.


    Launch countermeasures! 30 degree up angle! Emergency blow!


  3. #3
    Scott Campbell NNTP User

    Re: Account Attacks on POP3 Servers

    G of Borg wrote:

    > Launch countermeasures! 30 degree up angle! Emergency blow!


    I think our countermeasures are roughly along the lines of threatening
    to fly one of our Iroquois over them - they are prone to randomly
    falling out of the sky.

  4. #4
    Keith V. Klenke NNTP User

    Re: Account Attacks on POP3 Servers

    check out thread, perhaps that is similar?
    novell.support.groupwise.6x.gwia
    Thursday, January 31, 2008 10:56 AM
    POP3 automated password cracker bot?

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    "Scott Campbell" <potato@potato.potato> wrote in message
    news:t2Exj.5889$Ec7.4070@kovat.provo.novell.com...
    > Anyone noticed any attacks recently on their POP3 servers?
    >
    > Just had a spate of attempts against 4 usernames. About 170 attempts
    > that look like they came from Italy.
    >
    > Presumably attempts to find account passwords so they can try
    > authenticating to SMTP servers for relaying...




  5. #5
    Scott Campbell NNTP User

    Re: Account Attacks on POP3 Servers

    Keith V. Klenke wrote:

    > check out thread, perhaps that is similar?
    > novell.support.groupwise.6x.gwia
    > Thursday, January 31, 2008 10:56 AM
    > POP3 automated password cracker bot?


    Entirely possible, though this was a thrashing, the amount of time it
    would take to remove the intruder lockout the admin account and moving
    the mouse to NRM (which was already populated with username/password)
    and clicking on the login button would see the account locked out again
    :-/.
    I suspect if I allocated more threads to the POP3 server I would have
    seen more attempts.

  6. #6
    Craig NNTP User

    Re: Account Attacks on POP3 Servers

    Don't you know? POP3 is dead (according to Novell). Stop using
    it!!!!!!!!!!!!




    "Scott Campbell" <potato@potato.potato> wrote in message
    news:TrExj.5911$Ec7.957@kovat.provo.novell.com...
    > Keith V. Klenke wrote:
    >
    >> check out thread, perhaps that is similar?
    >> novell.support.groupwise.6x.gwia
    >> Thursday, January 31, 2008 10:56 AM
    >> POP3 automated password cracker bot?

    >
    > Entirely possible, though this was a thrashing, the amount of time it
    > would take to remove the intruder lockout the admin account and moving
    > the mouse to NRM (which was already populated with username/password)
    > and clicking on the login button would see the account locked out again
    > :-/.
    > I suspect if I allocated more threads to the POP3 server I would have
    > seen more attempts.




  7. #7
    Joseph Marton NNTP User

    Re: Account Attacks on POP3 Servers

    On Thu, 28 Feb 2008 20:16:02 +0000, Craig wrote:

    > Don't you know? POP3 is dead


    Really it is. There's no reason not be using IMAP.

    --
    Joe
    "Those of you who think you know everything are annoying to those of us who do."


  8. #8
    G of Borg NNTP User

    Re: Account Attacks on POP3 Servers

    > Really it is. There's no reason not be using IMAP.

    I'll second that. But POP still has a following.

  9. #9
    Craig NNTP User

    Re: Account Attacks on POP3 Servers

    Like at Gmail and Yahoo.

    It ain't dead until it's dead.


    "G of Borg" <G@collectiveAB1.com> wrote in message
    news:aTExj.5918$Ec7.3068@kovat.provo.novell.com...
    >> Really it is. There's no reason not be using IMAP.

    >
    > I'll second that. But POP still has a following.




  10. #10
    Joseph Marton NNTP User

    Re: Account Attacks on POP3 Servers

    On Thu, 28 Feb 2008 20:32:06 +0000, G of Borg wrote:

    > I'll second that. But POP still has a following.


    POP's following is named "Craig." :-)

    --
    Joe
    "Those of you who think you know everything are annoying to those of us who do."


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