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Broadband PCs in NZ Attacked More Than 100 Times a Day

A study by IBM New Zealand and NetSafe - to observe International Computer Security Day on November 30, 2006 - reveals that many types of Trojans, worms and viruses attacked Internet connected computers in New Zeal over 100 times a day.

A compromised system can be contaminated with malware like worms, trojans or viruses that can wipe out the data, let the system to be controlled remotely, or pilfer the confidential information.

Martin Cocker, Executive Director, NetSafe, stated that the study was aimed at looking for what actually happened when netizens of New Zealand who employed basic Internet security measures, such as an updated firewall, surf web.

The first dubious activity was discovered within twenty seconds of being linked to Internet. Over 4500 malicious or dubious activities were noticed when the system was protected with the latest version of firewall for the initial 27 days of the study. The volume of strikes per day rose dramatically to around 538 per day when the security measure, i.e. firewall was removed for three days at the end of experiment.

John Martin, Security Specialist, IBM New Zealand, reported that there were innumerable malevolent programs doing rounds of Internet world daily. He added that people in New Zealand could anticipate the Internet protection risks to fortify if the trends in many other nations were considered.

Symantec's latest Internet Security Threat Report shows that home/PC users constitute the most targeted strike section that accounts for 86% of total targeted strikes worldwide. The report claims that as home/PC users have lower chances of installing security measures, therefore, they are at the base of the pyramid. The main purposes of the targeted strikes by hackers are fraud, identity thefts, or any other financially motivated offense.

Simone Milne, Consumer sales Manager, Symantec, stated that broadband connection makes users to stay online most of the time. So there round the clock security should be the prime concern. The advantage of broadband connection is that one can download security patches and security updates easily and rapidly.

Martin said that there was good news in the NetSafe study. People in New Zealand can very easily reduce the security risks to minimum by being vigilant when online and by learning the net basics that include applying fundamental net security measures like updated OS (operating system) and firewall.

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