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What hackers are after in your computer

What hackers are after in your computer
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Google's newest study revealed just how fast you need to act if a hacker steals your password. The study, which examined 5,000 hijacked Google accounts, revealed that hackers don't just cast their net and sit on their haunches.

20% of the compromised Gmail accounts were accessed by hackers within 20 minutes after being compromised.

The researchers also reported that hackers spent an average of three minutes "appraising" an account. They performed searches for bank records, wire transfers and lewd photographs.

If they found none of those things, the hackers would move on to the next account. If they hit something worthwhile, the average time spent went up. That's likely because hackers were figuring out where to sell the information that they harvested from the compromised account.

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