An unprotected PC that connects to the Internet can be hacked in minutes, and used together with other hacked machines to dispense spam, conduct denial-of-service attacks or carry out identity-theft scams. That was the finding of a test conducted by USA TODAY and Avantgarde, a San Francisco tech marketing and design firm. Several "honeypot" computers were set up in order to trap hackers, with monitoring in place to see what traffic they would attract. Former hacker Kevin Mitnick was hired as a security consultant to perform the experiment.
"It's a hostile environment out there. Attackers have become extremely indiscriminate." - Kevin Mitnick.
View: Unprotected PCs can be hijacked in minutes @ USA Today
News source: TechSpot