The PHP portion included a field for “members” to enter their “secret code” to enter the “private zone,” he explains. “So it’s a good idea to try a SQL injection attack” there, he says of the lure.
“My script had [a] few checks for some patterns, and when a SQL injection attempt was detected, the script [threw the] Java applet, ‘GUI for member zona. Welcome,'” he says. The Java applet then installed a backdoor on the attacker’s Windows machine, he says.
via Honeypot Stings Attackers With Counterattacks – Dark Reading.
In his research paper (PDF) on the experiment, Sintsov explains it this way: “Obviously, reverse penetration has a number of moral, ethical and legal issues