02 December 2008
In just under two hours an unprotected computer was rendered unusable
through online attacks in an experiment in Auckland.
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.
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
The first computer became unusable after an hour and 40 minutes.
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