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 Jul 01, 2005 - 09:00 AM - by Michael
* The 12-minute Timer

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PC Games/Hardware/Microsoft
Got that? It'll only take 12 minutes for a unpatched Windows box to get hacked by something if you're not setting up behind a firewall.

Rather, 12 minutes is the time spot where there's a 50% likelihood you'll be hacked. It COULD take as little as 30 seconds if there's a worm-ridden PC near your IP address. That's the word from Sophos.

Highlighting the increasing speed of online attacks in research covering the last six months of virus activity, the vendor said the news was mostly grim.

Authors of malware such as spam, viruses, phishing scams and spyware increased both the volume and sophistication of their assaults, releasing almost 8,000 new viruses in the first half of 2005 and increasingly teaming up in joint ventures to make money. The new-virus figure is up 59 percent on the same period last year.

 

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