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Computer crime: hacker attacks among top

Date: October 12, 2005
Source: Philly.Com

A majority of executives said their firms experienced unplanned disruptions of their computer networks in the last year, according to a national survey.

The survey was conducted by Beacon Technology Partners L.L.C. of Maynard, Mass., and commissioned by Wayne, Pa.-based Sungard Availability Services, which sells data back-up and protection services.

More than 61 percent of the 117 C-level executives, from a nationwide sampling of Fortune 1,000 companies, said their firms had suffered at least one such disruptive event, up from 54 percent in the previous one-year period. The survey took place in mid-August, before Hurricanes Katrina and Rita ravaged Gulf Coast states this year.

Leading causes of disruption included power outages, hacker attacks, telecommunications failures and hardware glitches, according to the survey.
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