Unprotected PCs can be hijacked in minutes

Tuesday, 30 November 2004, 8:40 AM EST

Simply connecting to the Internet — and doing nothing else — exposes your PC to non-stop, automated break-in attempts by intruders looking to take control of your machine surreptitiously.

While most break-in tries fail, an unprotected PC can get hijacked within minutes of accessing the Internet. Once hijacked, it is likely to get grouped with other compromised PCs to dispense spam, conduct denial-of-service attacks or carry out identity-theft scams.

By Byron Acohido and Jon Swartz at USA Today.

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