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 Post subject: News article on MPC about speed of malware infection
PostPosted: Tue Dec 14, 2010 11:20 am 
Klamath
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I have been looking via Google and this site's search tool for an article I KNOW I saw on MPC print edition about how fast your box can be infected if you have no patches and no router.

Please help. I'm trying to link to it on my blog. Many thanks for your time.

Steve


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 Post subject: Re: News article on MPC about speed of malware infection
PostPosted: Tue Dec 14, 2010 9:19 pm 
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It's infected right now because you are online and typed this. Burn your computer in a pile of anything digital and start over.

Really? Write your own blog and say "it's ok". I'd read that far before panic was enforced. You can get infected in 3 minutes by using a Mac...check DefCon and make your blog useful and educating. Otherwise, it's just "Microsoft is open!". Get into mine...I'll give you the IP, passwords...anything you want. That'll be a fun blog!


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 Post subject: Re: News article on MPC about speed of malware infection
PostPosted: Wed Dec 15, 2010 12:02 pm 
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I would honestly dispute any information that says "you can get infected in x amount of time". It really depends on what you are doing. I have run systems for days without any sort of protection and even some without updates, yet these systems do not get infected. I wouldn't recommend you do this, but for me I was trying to see what would happen.

So if you are browsing porn, downloading potentially dangerous files, looking for videos, how fast will it happen? Very quickly.

If you are just checking e-mail, browsing simple web pages, IM'ing, Facebook, etc, probably not going to happen for a while.


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 Post subject: Re: News article on MPC about speed of malware infection
PostPosted: Wed Dec 15, 2010 12:27 pm 
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Chumly wrote:
It's infected right now because you are online and typed this. Burn your computer in a pile of anything digital and start over.

Really? Write your own blog and say "it's ok". I'd read that far before panic was enforced. You can get infected in 3 minutes by using a Mac...check DefCon and make your blog useful and educating. Otherwise, it's just "Microsoft is open!". Get into mine...I'll give you the IP, passwords...anything you want. That'll be a fun blog!


Well, somebody's really gone off the deep end lately...


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 Post subject: Re: News article on MPC about speed of malware infection
PostPosted: Wed Dec 15, 2010 5:09 pm 
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and if the only websites it has been on are folding.stanford.edu and the nvidia drivers download page, you should be fine without any antivirus :lol:





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 Post subject: Re: News article on MPC about speed of malware infection
PostPosted: Sat Dec 18, 2010 10:25 am 
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The CERT/CC has composed this Tech Tip to address a growing risk to Internet users without dedicated IT support. In recent months, we have observed a trend toward exploitation of new or otherwise unprotected computers in increasingly shorter periods of time. This problem is exacerbated by a number of issues, including:
Many computers' default configurations are insecure.
New security vulnerabilities may have been discovered between the time the computer was built and configured by the manufacturer and the user setting up the computer for the first time.
When upgrading software from commercially packaged media (e.g., CD-ROM, DVD-ROM), new vulnerabilities may have been discovered since the disc was manufactured.
Attackers know the common broadband and dial-up IP address ranges, and scan them regularly.
Numerous worms are already circulating on the Internet continuously scanning for new computers to exploit.

As a result, the average time-to-exploitation on some networks for an unprotected computer is measured in minutes. This is especially true in the address ranges used by cable modem, DSL, and dial-up providers.

http://www.cert.org/tech_tips/before_you_plug_in.html

Critique, please. Thanks.


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 Post subject: Re: News article on MPC about speed of malware infection
PostPosted: Sat Jan 01, 2011 6:42 am 
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Your computer has a software firewall turned on by default. Don't worry about it. Be more worried about clicking on phishing links than anything else these days.

^Much better article.


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