Most damaging attacks rely on stolen logins


More than eight out of every 10 computer attacks against businesses could be stopped if enterprises checked the identity of not only the user, but also the machine logging onto its network, a report released on Monday claimed.

The study, conducted by a California research firm and paid for by BIOS maker Phoenix Technologies, used data from cases prosecuted by US federal authorities between 1999 and 2006 to reach its conclusions.

"We wanted to get an honest viewpoint that wasn't opinion- or survey-based," said Dirck Schou, the senior director of security solutions at Phoenix. The problem with acquiring data on computer attacks, including the amount of damage done, is that companies are often hesitant to admit to a breach. "That's the beauty of this [data]," said Schou. "It's only looking at those who have actually suffered an attack." Most damaging attacks rely on stolen log-ins - Security - www.itnews.com.au

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