Worms put on burst of speed

Monday, 23 August 2004, 12:35 PM EST

Unpatched PCs connected to the internet are being infected by malicious software twice as quickly as a year ago, according to new research.

The survival time for an unpatched PC connected to the internet averaged 20 minutes in 2004, compared with 40 minutes the year before, according to a survey by the US security body, the Sans Institute. The report said users of broadband or poorly secured public networks would be infected more quickly, sometimes in less than 10 minutes.

By Iain Thomson at vnunet.

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