You've been hacked: What to do in the first hour

Tuesday, 15 July 2003, 7:01 AM EST

The hair stands up on the back of your neck, and you feel the first bead of sweat roll down the side of your face: You've been hacked. The adrenaline starts to flow and you're ready to jump into action. But what do you do first?

In the first instalment of this series, we talked about the steps you should take within the first few minutes of discovering that someone may have compromised your system. Now, we'll focus on actions you should take during the first hour. Last time, we wrapped up the initial steps by disconnecting the network from the Internet. In this article, we'll see what you need to do to patch all vulnerabilities and get back online.

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