I don’t check my process table all that often.
But today with my computer being particularly slow, I decided to do so and noticed that there were sshd processes being spawned in rapid succession. D’oh.
Long and short, I’ve been subject to coordinated dictionary attacks for days and days now. Who knows how much bandwidth has been eaten up by people trying to log in to my tiny little PC. I’ve disabled sshd, so that problem is now gone (it was the only open port on the system, and I don’t use it that often).
It just makes me realize how bad things are out there on the network to see 400,000+ login attempts in just a few short days. Of course, they never would succeed with a dictionary attack on me, since my usernames and passwords are not in the dictionary, nor are they common names.