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  • Unauthorized Computer Access Nears Historical High in Japan
  • August 18, 1998 (TOKYO) -- Unauthorized access to computer systems in Japan via the Internet is up almost to previous record levels, according to the Japan Computer Emergency Response Team Coordination Center (JPCERT/CC).
    A total of 197 attacks on 296 sites were reported to the center during the three months of this fiscal year (April-June). This figure is close to the previous quarterly record of 202 cases.

    Attacks on common gateway interfaces on Web servers, reported by 113 sites, were the most prevalent type of abuse in the April-June quarter. Mail bombing was the next highest infringement, affecting 56 sites. These two types of abuse declined during the previous six months, but are now on the increase again.

    A new method of attack -- by accessing servers and seeking out the weak points in their security -- was detected at 50 sites.

    Other reported incidents included intrusion to computer systems or use of system administrator accounts, which affected 21 sites. Ten sites experienced attacks on their DNS server, and attacks on mail servers disrupted services at a further 10 sites.

    The JPCERT/CC has published recommendations for countering these types of attacks. The recommendations are available in Japanese only on the center's < A HREF="">Web site.

    Related story: Network Security Inspection Services Debut in Response to Crisis

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    Updated: Mon Aug 17 18:41:37 1998 PDT