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Friday, 11 July 2003, 1:16 PM EST

Results of a survey conducted by the Belgian IT security company, ScanIT, indicates that many of the worlds computers are "sitting targets" for attackers, despite the use of virus protection software and firewalls.

The results collected from over 100,000 users of the companys free online Browser Security Checker show almost half (45 per cent) of users to be at "high risk" of a potential hacker attack, thirty-six per cent were shown to be at "medium risk," and a further one per cent at "low risk."

Additionally, results showed that Chinese Internet users are most susceptible to an attack, with 65 per cent found to be operating at "high risk," and the Czech Republic ranked second at 56 per cent and Germany placed third at 53 per cent at "high risk."

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