The New Zealand Herald informs -at http://www.nzherald.co.nz/storyprint.cfm?storyID=2048412- of the general tendency to install broadband modems using default passwords, thereby making them vulnerable. According to this newspaper, a computer programmer discovered that, in New Zealand most modems are installed with the default password. In fact, he even detected the activity of a hacker who modified the configuration of his modem in order to use his bandwidth. This type of activity is also used by attackers to hide the source of attacks or to disguise the origin of unsolicited mail. In general, users are not aware that malicious users could use their broadband modems, even though this is something that could affect everyone using this type of connection (wherever they live).