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  • n. A pot of honey.
  • n. A place which attracts visitors.
  • n. A trap set to detect or deflect attempts at unauthorized use of information systems.
  • n. a spy who uses sex to trap and blackmail their target
  • n. Vagina.
  • n. A pet name for a loved one.
  • n. a chamberpot or slop bucket

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  • n. South African shrub whose flowers when open are cup-shaped resembling artichokes


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  • In simpler terms a honeypot is a trap set for the bad guy that is so tempting, they can't help themselves but attack.

    Robert Siciliano: Using a Honeypot to Snare Home Invaders

  • In order to verify that this was happening, the company set up a "honeypot" - hard coding Google searches for nonsense words that turned up no results on either search engine to show an unrelated webpage.

  • Trend Micro spotted the data package after setting up a 'honeypot' - a PC that has a variant of the worm installed but is closely monitored by its researchers.

    Web User : Internet & Technology News

  • If the smell got bad enough outdoors, you made certain assumptions and called the honeypot pumping wagon.

    Seeking the Real Mexico

  • Although so-called "honeypot" schemes were a staple of spying by many countries, especially in the Cold War era, it is rather unusual to hear a diplomat discuss it so openly. News

  • But in technology terms, a honeypot is a trap set to detect, deflect, or somehow counteract unauthorized use of information systems.

    Hack In The Box

  • # File: / etc / honeypot / honeydstats. conf username: password honeypot Configuration

    Planet Haskell

  • For example, Japan, one of the Ally F-35 partners, has had some military technicians who worked on some very cutting-edge US-supplied military kit fall for North Korean or Chinese "honeypot" female espionage agents.

    "US Developing Separate JSF for Foreign Partners"

  • Some who have mustered the courage to send me an email wonder if I'm nothing more than a "honeypot" offered up to attract dissenters.

    Who Will Be Left Behind?

  • First, I thought that the pot aux roses was an euphemism like "honeypot", like in POT AUX ROSES.

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  • "A trap set to detect, deflect, or in some manner counteract attempts at unauthorized use of information systems. Generally it consists of a computer, data, or a network site that appears to be part of a network but which is actually isolated, (un)protected, and monitored, and which seems to contain information or a resource that would be of value to attackers." --Wikipedia

    July 28, 2009