Unprotected computer rendered unusable in under two hours

December 1, 2008 – 8:57 AM

In just under two hours an unprotected computer was rendered unusable through online attacks in an experiment in Auckland today.

The experiment was designed to show what a household with a computer put itself at risk of everyday, and was carried out by NetSafe and IBM.

It was carried out to mark International Computer Security Day yesterday.

During the two-hour experiment, four New Zealanders ranging from a teenage boy to a senior citizen went about their online day-to-day tasks on poorly secured computers.

NetSafe and IBM monitored more than 112 direct attempts to attack the four computers over two hours.

The first probes happened within 30 seconds of the computers going live and the first attempt at intrusion happened within the first two minutes.

The first computer became unusable after an hour and 40 minutes.


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