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3 Examples of a Tarpit

 , updated on March 08, 2017
A tarpit is a computing resource that is intentionally slow in order to prevent or defend against information security attacks. The following are common examples.


A website is slow to confirm if a password is correct. This can help to defend against brute force guesses of passwords.


An email server is extremely slow in processing requests from an unknown or suspicious host. This may prevent spam.


A security device intentionally slows connections to a network in order to defend against a distributed denial of service attack.
Overview: Tarpit
TypeInformation Security
DefinitionA resource that is intentionally slow in order to prevent or defend against information security attacks.
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