By Bob Sullivan, MSNBC
September 12, 2000 5:46 AM PT

Top-secret designs are leaked out of a French military contractor
through its Web site; a content company's entire database of
proprietary images is posted in Internet newsgroups; a U.S. automaker
is offered a peek at the new designs from a German competitor for $8
million. In a world paranoid about computer security, most experts
quietly confess that hacking of high-profile Web sites is harmless --
it's high-priced corporate espionage hacking that's the real
cybercrime problem.

Hackers who deface sites like or steal credit cards from sites
like attract great attention. But some experts say
such break-ins and "toilet-clogging techniques" are merely a
distraction from the real problem of cybercrime -- corporate-sponsored
proprietary information theft committed by professionals who rarely
get caught.

[ was never defaced. It was victim to DoS attacks.]

"If a 15-year-old can break in, what do you think a professionally
trained intruder can do?" said Tom Talleur, former NASA computer
security chief, now a consultant at KPMG.