CEOs hear the unpleasant truth about computer security
Encryption codes are one way for governments and corporations to
stop computer hackers
'We can, and must, reduce those vulnerabilities'

April 6, 1998
Web posted at: 11:27 p.m. EDT (0327 GMT)

From Correspondent Ann Kellan

[19]ATLANTA (CNN) -- Computer hackers breaking into government and
corporate computers is estimated to be a $10 billion-a-year
problem, so CEOs met Monday in Atlanta to hear what government and
industry experts are doing about it.

They learned, among other things, that the Pentagon alone had
250,000 hacker attempts on its computer system last year, and that
computer networks are easy targets.

They also learned that there are almost 2,000 Web sites offering
tips, tools and techniques to hackers.

Among the things a hacker can do is send an e-mail to someone and
attach a computer program to it. The attached program will, in the
words of one hacker, "open up a back door" into the computer system
it was sent to.