An attacker assumes you're running vulnerable services that can be used to break into the machine.
A honeypot can be used to log access attempts to those ports including the attacker's keystrokes.
The idea of this is not that intruders will be fooled permanently.
However, says Slodichak, they are likely to be fooled long enough that they will break out their system-cracking tricks to try to get into the dummy systems.
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