Computer crime and other information security breaches have shown no decline and the financial toll among U.S. corporations has risen for the third year in a row, a seventh annual survey by the Computer Security Institute with support from the San Francisco FBI office has found. The “2002 Computer Crime and Security Survey” includes responses from 503 computer security practitioners in U.S. companies, government agencies, medical institutions and universities.

The survey found that 90 percent of the respondents had detected computer security breaches within the past 12 months and that 80 percent admitted financial losses from the breaches with 223 respondents tallying those losses at almost $456 million.

As in previous years, the most serious financial losses were blamed on theft of proprietary information, with 41 respondents reporting $171 million in losses. Financial fraud was blamed by 40 respondents for $116 million in losses.

Almost three quarters of the respondents cited Internet connections as a frequent point of attack while one third said internal systems were a frequent attack target.

Thirty-four percent of the respondents reported their intrusions to law enforcement in the past year in contrast only 16 percent who said they reported intrusions to law enforcement in 1996, the San Francisco- based CSI says.

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