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Firms Not Ready for Hackers — Experts

Canadian companies are woefully unprepared for computer and Internet attacks, says a national security consultant. Internet security attack attempts in North America increased by 450 per cent in March and more than 800 Web sites were defaced in one week alone by hackers protesting the U.S.-led war with Iraq. Claudiu Popa, a Toronto-based security consultant, said Canada continues to be in the top three most popular target countries for hackers. Attacks on local servers have increased by more than 1,000 per cent over the same month last year, accounting for more than $36 million in damages. “I wouldn’t say that Canadian companies are sitting ducks, because there exist pockets of awareness. “Unfortunately, that’s mostly due to worrying rather than actual information sharing and preparation,” said Popa. Full Story

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