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SSH: Possible Break In Attempt???

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In my server's auth.log in /var/log/auth.log I have found a couple of entries that look like this:

Feb 17 20:02:04 webbox788 sshd[8874]: reverse mapping checking getaddrinfo for failed - POSSIBLE BREAK IN ATTEMPT!
Feb 17 20:02:04 webbox788 sshd[8874]: Failed password for root from port 60126 ssh2

The only people that have authorized access to my server are the staff at the datacenter and myself. The ip-address 207.150.... and the hostname are completely unknown to me... From this info could I conclude that someone tried to gain access to my server?

And how could I prevent (besides having a strong password) this from ever happening??

I'm thinking that if someone were able to gain root access to the server they could wipe every single file on it including the websites and files of a couple of dozen clients I have on the server....

Would greatly appreciate your input...

This is my software: Debian Sarge/Linux, Apache 1.33, MySQL, PHP, etc...
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