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SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) ? The hackers are winning, according to a survey of 500 executives of U.S. businesses, law enforcement services and government agencies released Wednesday.

The 12th annual survey of cybercrime trends found that online attackers determined to break into computers, steal information and interfere with business are more technologically advanced than those trying to stop them.

The survey was co-sponsored by San Jose, California-based business consulting firm PwC, the U.S. Secret Service, the CERT Division of Carnegie Mellon University's Software Engineering Institute and CSO security news magazine.

Three out of four respondents said they had detected a security breach in the past year, and the average number of security intrusions was 135 per organization, the survey found.

"Despite substantial investments in cybersecurity technologies, cyber criminals continue to find ways to circumvent these technologies in order to obtain sensitive information that they can monetize," Ed Lowery, who heads the U.S. Secret Service's criminal investigative division, said in a written statement.

Lowery said companies and the government need to take "a radically different approach to cybersecurity," which goes beyond antivirus software, training employees, working closely with contractors and setting up tighter processes.

The top five cyberattack methods reported in the survey were malware, phishing, network interruption, spyware and denial-of-service attacks. And 28 percent of respondents said the attackers were insiders, either contractors or current and former employees or service providers, according to the survey.

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Based on what we've seen the last several years from government agencies, do we really expect anything different?

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Was it ever the other way around?

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Why does the government need to be involved? A decently run business will setup their network in a way to minimize as much as possible most "hacks" 

 

I know at work we have network security people monitoring the network and any and all incidents from the smallest one on up is investigated and corrected ASAP, I've seen the tickets and seen the emails sent if it's not an issue that can be corrected quietly in the background, of course being in the medical insurance company we have vested interest in protecting our data, but that should be the stance for ALL companies. Look at Spotify, they went about it the way everyone should, not hide and blame someone else while not fixing anything like say Target. 

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Based on what we've seen the last several years from government agencies, do we really expect anything different?

 

Based on the fact that we're in the cavemen phase of software engineering, we shouldn't expect anything different.

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Why does the government need to be involved? A decently run business will setup their network in a way to minimize as much as possible most "hacks" 

 

Who said the government needs to be involved?

 

The main reason why the government was mentioned was because, like companies, the government also has important networks that need protecting and also has problems with intrusion. They are in the same boat.

 

The second reason is for legal support - prosecuting - and education.

 

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Oh no! So there are lots and lots of this guy out there ;)

 

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....someone, quick! Call the NSA! Oh wait, sorry, they are just as bad :D

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