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Hackers hit 20% of firms, NPA says
From: InfoSec News <isn () c4i org>
Date: Fri, 15 Jun 2001 01:46:52 -0500 (CDT)


Friday, June 15, 2001

About 20 percent of universities, companies and municipal governments
have had their computer systems illegally accessed during the past
year, but just 5.3 percent of them alerted police, according to a
survey released Thursday by the National Police Agency.

The survey was conducted between October and December and covered 327
companies, 49 universities and 29 local governments.

Among the 405 organizations, 80, or 19.8 percent, said someone had
accessed their computer systems without authorization. Of those, 55
percent said their systems were infected with a virus due to the
hacking and 3.8 percent said their systems were destroyed by such

Most of the intruders were not identified.

According to the survey, 75 percent of the organizations experiencing
illegal access did not report the damage to police or an auxiliary
organization of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, which
deals with such cases.

Reasons cited for not reporting the intrusions were that it was not
serious enough or that reporting would not solve the problem.

The survey found that 90.4 percent of the entities have taken measures
against computer viruses, such as installing antivirus software.

However, many expressed a negative attitude toward taking emergency
safety measures to cover the overall computer systems, saying the cost
for such measures is too high and they lack the technical knowhow to
set up such measures.

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