Friday, August 29, 2003

Getting a cable modem?

Getting (or have) a cable modem? Welcome to the great new world of "you're a target", especially if you plan on leaving your computer on 24/7. If you do this, you become a hacker's prime target.

It's not the data on your computer they want, it's the processing cycles and bandwidth. If you don't protect it, you're machine will be used for:

  • a porn server
  • an open relay for spamming the planet
  • a warez server
  • a jump point for attacks on other systems
  • a hidden IRC server
  • or worse.

InfoPros Joint has a decent article which discusses the minimum of what you should do to protect your system.