I wanted to start this thread to see if anyone on this site has got experience of being hacked. I can't believe it's that rare.
After a lot of observing I've discovered that when I log onto the internet via a 3G broadband modem my IP address is discovered very quickly by the hacker. Almost as soon as a legitimate outbound TCP connection is made by my PC I get an additional outbound connection to one of the hacker's PCs. I don't even have to open the browser.
If, at this stage, my PC is clean the hacker will transfer data to my PC which I can see using TCPView. After that I don't consider the PC to be trustworthy.
I won't go into all the details of what happens next but unless I block lots of outbound connections I cannot use the internet at all.
Does anyone have an explanation of how the initial hack could happen ? The only thing I can think is that there's a packet sniffer seeing my internet sessions. How else would my IP address and an open port number be known ?
Is the internet so insecure that having *just* that information a PC can be hacked ?
Should I be able to get my ISP to investigate ?
All help appreciated.