…I devised a test. Renting a small server from Amazon, I gussied it up to look like an unsecured web device, opening a web port that hackers commonly use to remotely control computers. Instead of allowing real access, though, I set up a false front: Hackers would think they were logging into a server, but I’d really just record their keystrokes and IP addresses. In cybersecurity circles, this is called putting out a honeypot–an irresistible target that attracts and ultimately entraps hackers and the scripts they use to find vulnerable servers.

…I switched on the server at 1:12 p.m. Wednesday, fully expecting to wait days–or weeks–to see a hack attempt.

Wrong! The first one came at 1:53 p.m.