'Relentless' pace of hack attacks

Wednesday, 24 September 2003, 9:35 AM EST

Over an eight-week period the two dummy websites, one with a firewall and one without, suffered thousands of attacks.

On average the unprotected website was attacked more than 2,000 times per week and the protected site more than 200 times.

Many of the attacks were rated as "high risk" and, if the websites were real, could have seen data destroyed or important customer information stolen.

The two dummy sites were set up by net provider PSINet and security firm PanSec International to demonstrate the relentlessness of online malicious hack attacks.

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