Friday, July 08, 2005

Time to infection - 12 minutes

A story on CRN tells the grim tale of the lifespan of an unprotected machine - according to information from Sophos, a machine on the Internet averages 12 minutes before it’s infected with a worm.  The Internet Storm Center estimates the time at 34 minutes, while an AvanteGarde study over two weeks calculated an average 4 minutes before an XP SP1 machine was compromised by bots.  Take it as you will – even being very conservative, 34 minutes to infection is unacceptable.  If your machines and XPE devices aren’t protected with a firewall and some good anti-virus software, you’re in for trouble.

15 comments:

Paparizou said...

Yes, that is a big problem in installing windows XP. You must install XP SP2 or install SP2 from CD, not download from internet. Connect to the internet before installing SP2 patch.

Larry Mittag said...

This is the kind of scare that makes for good press, but bad information. It probably is true for cable modem networks and no intervening server, but I always bring up machines behind my internal net firewall. Even downloading updates is safe, as long as you don't visit a porn site on the way.

Nick said...

So, if i'm using a Windows Embedded XP with service pack 2 development environment, i'm fine?

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