directory harvest attack

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directory harvest attack

A method spammers use to obtain valid email addresses. Random names are generated and sent out to valid domains. If an undeliverable message does not return, the name is assumed to be genuine. Random names are easy to generate from any electronic phone book because many organizations standardize on conventions such as first name letter and last name or first name and last name letter; for example, John Doe could be jdoe@xyz.com or johnd@xyz.com.
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These security capabilities conceal business VoIP systems and simultaneously harden them to repel directory harvesting attacks, input validation hacks (buffer overflows), and other VoIP threats.
A more worrying trend is the rise in so-called 'dark traffic' exploits such as denial of service (DoS) or directory harvesting attacks (DHA).
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It is imperative that we have the ability to effectively manage those transactions to protect against activities such as denial of service or directory harvesting attacks.
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