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// 11.30.04

Clean System to Zombie Bot in Four Minutes

Slashdot, November 30, 2004

According to the latest study by USA Today and Avantgarde, it takes less than 4 minutes for an unpatched Windows XP SP1 system to become part of a botnet.

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Unprotected PCs can be hijacked in minutes

USA TODAY, November 30, 2004

Surfing the Web has never been more risky. 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.

Those are key findings of a test conducted by USA TODAY and Avantgarde, a San Francisco tech marketing and design firm. The experiment involved monitoring six "honeypot" computers for two weeks — set up to see what kind of malicious traffic they would attract.

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Automated “Bots” Overtake PCs Without Firewalls Within 4 Minutes

Louis Cheng
A&R Partners for Avantgarde
650-762-2814
lcheng@arpartners.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Automated “Bots” Overtake PCs Without Firewalls Within 4 Minutes

Experiment Reveals How Different Platforms Protect Against Internet Attacks

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., November 30, 2004 – Avantgarde today released a study that showed that automated “bots,” worms and other threats pummeled six computer platforms over a two-week period with 305,955 total attacks. Results also revealed that an inadequately protected computer fell victim to an actual compromise within four minutes of first plugging into the Internet. The study, conducted in partnership with security consultant and reformed hacker Kevin Mitnick, analyzed the security performance of commonly-used computer platforms against Internet attacks in the wild when running on the default security settings designated by vendors. The study revealed that Linspire (Linux) and Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 1 with the free Zone Labs ZoneAlarm firewall received the fewest number of Internet attacks throughout the two week experiment. The regular Windows XP Service Pack 1 system without a third-party firewall was the most vulnerable, and was successfully compromised by an attack within four minutes of first plugging into the Internet.

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// 11.29.04

Automated “Bots” Overtake PCs Without Firewalls Within 4 Minutes

Working with Kevin Mitnick and USAToday, Avantgarde released a study on November 29th that showed that automated "bots," worms and other threats pummeled six computer platforms over a two-week period with 305,955 total attacks. Results also revealed, and that an inadequately protected computer fell victim to an actual compromise within four minutes of first plugging into the Internet.

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Download the study abstract

 


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