Four seconds to get a virus on the internet with an unprotected winXP PC

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Four seconds to get a virus on the internet with an unprotected winXP PC

Includes video of the machine getting hacked. Very good to read and watch

BBC

Jacques wanted to show me just how risky it is to connect an unprotected PC to the 'net. We set up a poor Windows XP machine with no firewall or anti-virus software - connecting it to the Internet would be like throwing it into a lion pen with raw meat strapped to its hard drive. How long would it be before we were hit by something nasty on the net? Hours, minutes? As it turned out - eight seconds!

We were hit by Sasser, one of the fastest spreading worms on the 'net, and it wastes no time at all in taking over your PC. Within seconds of infection, our PC started downloading some strange programs, or payloads, from mysterious Internet addresses. These payloads are the programs that can take control of your machine and turn it into a remote controlled bot.
By netchicken: posted on 10-9-2005








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