Technical Specifications


Status: Public Beta – 3rd Party Contributor Central Repository Oct 13, 2009

  • Added support for: Abuse Event Central Repository, a place for trusted 3rd parties to push and pool their event data. A collective intelligence approach to identifying and combatting abuse.
  • Updated: Various bug fixes. Backend platform moved to PHP-FPM and NGINX.
  • Thank You: Special thanks to the Glastopf Project for contributing their abuse event data.


Status: Public Beta – New Tracking Concepts July 6, 2009

  • Added tracking for: Search Engines and Rule Breakers
  • Updated: Geography Database improved. Country-level lookups now happen on record insertion.
  • Thank You: Joe Christy for donating 6 servers to fighting the good fight.


Status: Public Beta – New Language Support Dec 5, 2008

  • Added support for: ASP.NET 2.0 honey pots are now available.
  • Project Contributors: Max Metral (ASP.NET 2.0). Thank you, Max!


Status: Public Beta — Projection Honey Pot version 1 is born. September 29, 2008

  • Some new milestones reached:
    - 30 Million+ spam traps dispensed
    - 1.2 Million+ suspicious IPs tracked each week
    - And best of all, 25 Thousand+ professionals contributing to the Project!
  • Schema & Core Redesign: The project has come a long way since 2004. A redesign of the core was done to position the Project for future growth and scalability. Services like http:BL and monitoring will benefit greatly from the new scheme (which focuses on quick propogation of suspicious IP information back out to our users).


Status: Public Beta — A bigger and smarter arsenal to combat spam and comment spamming. April 17, 2007

  • New milestones reached: Two Million+ spam traps dispensed. Hardware upgraded.
  • New features:
    - QuickLinks
    - Comment Spam Tracking
    - New stats pages: countries, top comment spammers, comment spammer URLs, dictionary attacker usernames
    - PHP Honey Pot scripts updated to support POST relaying (don't forget to upgrade!)
  • User rewards- http:BL (a dnsRBL service for web servers)
    - IP space monitoring


Status: Public Beta — Faster, Better, Stronger... and more to come. July 26, 2006

  • New milestones reached: Million+ spam traps dispensed. Data center move.
  • More User features:
    - Added a IP search page. Interfaces with the ip inspector.
    - More features coming very soon


Status: Public Beta – New Language Support March 15, 2005

  • Added support for: SAP Netweaver BSP.
  • Still to come: ASP.NET (If you have expierence with JSP and would like to help build a honey pot script, please contact us.)
  • Project Contributors: Eddy De Clercq (SAP Netweaver BSP). Special thanks to Eddy for all his coding efforts and the weeks of testing!


Status: Public Beta – New Language Support Feb. 2, 2005

  • Added support for: ColdFusion.
  • Still to come: ASP.NET and JSP
  • Project Contributors: Jeffrey Greenhouse (ColdFusion). Thanks Jeff for all your help getting the CF script up and running!


Status: Public Beta – Major Additions Jan. 29, 2005

  • Added support for: ASP, Python, and mod_perl.
  • Coming soon: ASP.NET, Zope, and ColdFusion. Still looking for help with JSP and additional scripting langauges and content management platforms.
  • Project Contributors: Jeff Turner (ASP), Marek Isalski (Python), and Tom McIntyre (mod_perl). Special thanks to these volunteer developers who have taken the time in order to help us bring the Project to as wide an audience as possible!!
  • Script Updates: Major script updates to PHP, Perl, and the Project Honey Pot Movable Type Plugin in order to limit verification errors and make them more compatible with a wider range of setups (especially IIS web servers). If you are one of the people who tried to install a honey pot before and ran into troubles, try again and 4 out of 5 times the problems have been solved.


Status: Public Beta – Launched Oct. 14, 2004

  • Developers: Lee Holloway, Eric Langheinrich, and Matthew Prince
  • Legal Counsel: Ben Dahl
  • Built with: PHP5, some Perl, and a smattering of C.
  • Platform: RedHat Linux
  • Webserver: Apache
  • Database: PostgreSQL (and some use of SQLite)
  • Mail Servers: QMail
  • Honey Pot Script Support: Honey Pot scripts currently support websites running PHP, Perl, and Movable Type (v.2.6+). We plan to add script support for ASP, JSP, and Cold Fusion. We would also like to create user-friendly plugins for Blogger and other content management systems. (If you are an experienced developer in any of these languages and would like to help develop Honey Pot scripts for them, contact us.)

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