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Hello,

We have a Windows Active Directory 2003 domain at the default functional level with a few NT4 domain controllers some of which are on WAN links.

Over the past 24-48 hours, we have suddenly gotten a lot of complaints that user accounts are being locked out even though the users have not logged out and logged back in. People who have just been working at their workstation all day without any logon or logout events suddenly have locked accounts in the AD-users and computers MMC.

All the domain controllers in the Headquarters building are getting their time from a GPS radio clock which is still working and serving SNTP. Has anyone run into something like this

Thank you.

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Set up auditing to track who's trying to guess others passwords.

HOW TO: Enable and Apply Security Auditing in Windows 2000 Server and Windows 2000 Professional:
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Could be a keylogger/spyware....

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BAT.Boohoo.Worm is a collection of batch files and utilities that copies itself across network shares that have weak administrator passwords. The worm establishes backdoor access to a compromised system using IRC on the IRC server port 6666 or 7000.

http://securityresponse.symantec.com/avcenter/venc/data/bat.boohoo.worm.html
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Are there any commanilties between the users getting locked out?  Certain groups or users, Windows 95 workstations, other?

Steve
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Someone set bad account tries to 1 attempt while I was out on vacation

Please close question
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The Experts Exchange Help Pages - About Closing Questions
http://www.experts-exchange.com/Security/Win_Security/help.jsp - hi9
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The Experts Exchange Help Pages - About Closing Questions
http://www.experts-exchange.com/Security/Win_Security/help.jsp#hi9

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