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By Josh Smith
Cyberattacks on the federal government continue to increase, but most
were "phishing" attempts and reports of threats largely leveled out in
the past year, according to the Office of Management and Budget.
OMB reported a 5 percent increase in cyberattacks on federal networks in
2011, based on reports to the U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team,
OMB reported. That's compared to a 39 percent spike in such attacks in
the previous fiscal year.
"Threats to this IT infrastructure - whether from insider threat,
criminal elements, or nation-states - continue to grow in number and
sophistication, creating risks to the reliable functioning of our
government," the report concluded.
The private sector, meanwhile, reported only a 1 percent increase during
FY2011. In FY2010 companies reported a 1 decrease in cyberattacks.
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