University of Maryland researchers say their study is one of the first to quantify the near-constant rate of computer hacker attacks.Assistant Professor Michel Cukier and two of his graduate students, Daniel Ramsbrock and Robin Berthier, set up four Linux computers with weak security and then recorded hacker attacks. “The computers in our study were attacked, on average, 2,244 times a day,” said Cukier.

They discovered the vast majority of attacks came from relatively unsophisticated hackers using “dictionary scripts” — a type of software that runs through lists of common user names and passwords while attempting to break into a computer.

Via: LinuxInsider