[ISN] Hackers hit 20% of firms, NPA says

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Date: Thu Jun 14 2001 - 23:46:52 PDT

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    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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