Feeds

Oracle UK systems accused in 'SSH hacking spree'

Database giant investigates DenyHosts reports

High performance access to file storage

Compromised computers at Oracle UK are listed among the 10 worst offenders on the net for launching attacks on servers which run SSH (secure shell) server software.

Oracle said it is investigating the reported problem, which it is yet to either confirm or refute.

A box (or group of boxes behind a proxy) at Oracle UK is among the worst offenders for launching attacks, according to statistics from servers running DenyHosts software to block SSH brute-force password attacks.

DenyHosts is a script for Linux system administrators designed to help thwart SSH server attacks. Around 6,800 users contribute to the data it collects.

The compromised Oracle boxes - recorded as active since 3 May - feature at number nine on DenyHosts' list. The listing implies a computer (or multiple computers) at Oracle UK have been compromised for weeks allowing hackers to enjoy access to Oracle's bandwidth in order to hack other boxes elsewhere on the net.

For a firm that prides itself on building a "reputation for delivering many of the industry's most secure solutions", this is surely unacceptable.

In response to Register inquiries, Oracle supplied a statement saying that an ongoing investigation is yet to confirm whether its systems have been misused or not.

"Security is a matter Oracle takes seriously and the company's first priority is meeting customer needs and reducing their risk. As soon as Oracle became aware of the situation an investigation began, which is ongoing, but to date the company has found no evidence for any SSH brute-force attack originating from the Oracle owned machine currently listed on the DenyHosts website." ®

High performance access to file storage

More from The Register

next story
Android engineer: We DIDN'T copy Apple OR follow Samsung's orders
Veep testifies for Samsung during Apple patent trial
Windows 8.1, which you probably haven't upgraded to yet, ALREADY OBSOLETE
Pre-Update versions of new Windows version will no longer support patches
OpenSSL Heartbleed: Bloody nose for open-source bleeding hearts
Bloke behind the cockup says not enough people are helping crucial crypto project
Microsoft lobs pre-release Windows Phone 8.1 at devs who dare
App makers can load it before anyone else, but if they do they're stuck with it
Half of Twitter's 'active users' are SILENT STALKERS
Nearly 50% have NEVER tweeted a word
Windows XP still has 27 per cent market share on its deathbed
Windows 7 making some gains on XP Death Day
Internet-of-stuff startup dumps NoSQL for ... SQL?
NoSQL taste great at first but lacks proper nutrients, says startup cloud whiz
This time it's 'Personal': new Office 365 sub covers just two devices
Redmond also brings Office into Google's back yard
US taxman blows Win XP deadline, must now spend millions on custom support
Gov't IT likened to 'a Model T with a lot of things on top of it'
prev story

Whitepapers

Securing web applications made simple and scalable
In this whitepaper learn how automated security testing can provide a simple and scalable way to protect your web applications.
Five 3D headsets to be won!
We were so impressed by the Durovis Dive headset we’ve asked the company to give some away to Reg readers.
HP ArcSight ESM solution helps Finansbank
Based on their experience using HP ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager for IT security operations, Finansbank moved to HP ArcSight ESM for fraud management.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Mobile application security study
Download this report to see the alarming realities regarding the sheer number of applications vulnerable to attack, as well as the most common and easily addressable vulnerability errors.