Sorry. What I mean is that your internet-enabled PC is probably attacked up to 50 times a night by nefarious hackers. But that's not quite so catchy, is it?

This startling fact comes as the result of an interesting BBC News experiment. Skilfully using a sexy term to describe something that is, in essence dull, the BBC team set up a 'honeypot' PC – a computer that looks like a normal system online but records everything that's done to it – to learn about the dangers facing ordinary web users' PCs.

Every single time the 'honeypot' was put online it was attacked. In one of the busiest nights of malicious online activity, the poor computer was attacked 53 times, and began seriously considering its calling as a lure for net nasties. At least the honeypots in Communist Russia got a nice flat near the Kremlin.

Needless to say this is all grist to the PCA mill. We've said it many times, and we'll say it many times more: if your PC is online and unprotected, it's not a question of if, but when it will be attacked. It's gonna happen, and it's not going to be nice.

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