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Hackers attack 50+ times per night

Date: October 11, 2006
By: David Hughes

Home computers can come under attack from hackers more than 50 times a night.

Researchers found their PC was targeted every time it was connected to the internet.

During a month-long experiment, it was bombarded with viruses and attempts to gain access to private information.

There was at least one serious attack a night.

These included attempts to hijack the computer entirely, which could lead to the machine being turned into a zombie PC used to carry out criminal activity without the owner's knowledge.

The attacks averaged one an hour. During the busiest night, the PC was targeted 53 times.
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