The following official announcement was recently posted:
Subject: telnet phase-out : Classic Linux
Date: Thu, 1 Mar 2007 04:53:43 +0000 (UTC
On Classic linux;
As open unencrypted Wi-Fi networks become more widespread, the risk of password-sniffing becomes greater. And the intrusion of a user account risks damage not only to that user, but to the entire network, because the intruder can attempt more intrusions as an insider.
To encourage the use of ssh rather than telnet, we will be keeping incoming telnet available for a while only on telnet.rahul.net and nowhere else. In a few weeks, incoming telnet will be completely discontinued. If you have not yet switched to ssh, please do so soon.
If you are travelling and wish to use a random machine running Microsoft Windows, please consider the risks of doing so: a previous user or a virus infection might have installed a keystroke monitoring program. But if you must, then you can either download and run a copy of putty, or take suitable software with you on a floppy or USB disk.
The DirectAdmin and Cpanel environments have never supported telnet, so no change will be needed there.
Customers who continue trying to connect via telnet may conclude that our network is down or that their account has been disabled for some reason. Please connect using ssh instead. You can ssh to ssh.rahul.net (default port 22) or to red.rahul.net (port 80).
Free ssh clients are available for most operating systems. For Microsoft operating systems, the popular free program putty can be located via a web search. General ssh information can be obtained at these URLs:
You can also try using ssh via Java from your web browser. To do so, please go to our “howto” web page at http://www.rahul.net/howto/ web page and look for a suitable link.
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