Hackers Take Aim at Small Businesses

Cyberthieves find them to be tempting targets: Wall Street Journal
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Jul 21, 2011 2:12 PM CDT

(Newser) – It’s not just Sony and Citigroup that face a hacking threat: Small businesses are becoming an increasingly popular target, reports the Wall Street Journal. Of 761 data breaches investigated in 2010, 63% were against firms with 100 or fewer workers. Some 95% of the credit card breaches Visa has discovered have been hits on small businesses, and “it's going to get much worse before it gets better,” says an FBI agent.

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Small businesses make tempting targets, a former hacker tells the Journal: It’s easy to attack dozens within the time it would take to hack a big firm, and they typically have weak security. "Who would want to break into us?” asked a magazine store owner near Chicago whose computers were hijacked with a software program that intercepted credit card numbers. He ended up losing about $22,000. (Read more hacking stories.)

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