As if further proof were needed, there is an article summarising a test by USA in which an unprotected Windows computer, hooked up to the internet and then left alone, was intruded within the first 4 minutes.
"Each PC was connected to the Internet via a broadband DSL connection and monitored for two weeks in September. Break-in attempts began immediately and continued at a constant and high level: an average of 341 per hour against the Windows XP machine with no firewall or recent security patches, 339 per hour against the Apple Macintosh and 61 per hour against the Windows Small Business Server. Each was sold without an activated firewall."
The Windows computer, using XP1 without a firewall, was subjected to an average of 341 attacks PER HOUR.
USA Today. article updated 11/30
See also the companion article with added discussion and detail of the experiment:http://www.usatoday.com/tech/news/computer...afeguards_x.htm
Unprotected PCs can be hijacked in minutes
By Byron Acohido and Jon Swartz, USA TODAYhttp://www.usatoday.com/tech/news/computer...-honeypot_x.htm
Edited by jgweed, 30 November 2004 - 09:52 AM.