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Two-thirds of firms hit by cybercrime

Date: September 23, 2008
Source: SecurityFocus

The Department of Justice released data from its 2005 National Computer Security Survey last week, finding that two-thirds of firms detected at least one cybercrime during that year.

More than 7,800 companies responded to the survey (pdf), which classified cybercrime into cyber attacks, cyber theft, and other incidents. The survey found that three-quarters of cyber attacks came from external sources, while insiders accounted for the same proportion of cyber thefts. More than half of companies reported a cyber theft to law-enforcement authorities, but only 6 percent of cyber attacks were reported. Computer viruses made up more than half of all cyber attacks.

"A nationally representative sample of 35,600 businesses representing 36 economic sectors received the survey," the DOJ said in a statement summarizing the survey. "Twenty-three percent of the selected businesses responded. Though the responses are not nationally representative, the NCSS is the largest survey conducted to date. Detailed findings for each of the 36 sectors are provided in this report."
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