I will be starting an SSH Statistics gatherer that will be targeting US based IP addresses today. The gatherer tool will run for 1 week through Sunday, January 22, 2017. During this time you may notice SSH-2.0-ssh-stats-gather-2017_1.0.0 appear in your SSH server logs. This tool performs a banner grab of SSH servers and does not attempt to login (performs a partial connect)
I will update this post once the run completes with more details.
Update 2017-01-29: Things picked up pretty fast and I was able to pick up quite a bit of data. The stats gathering tool has been turned off and I am parsing the results. Expect a post about the details at some point in the next few weeks.</b>
Update 2017-01-22: Technical issues have come up which require that I extend the duration of this project for another couple of weeks. The new target completion date is Sunday, February 5th, 2017