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ATLANTA – You’ve seen them on television, Secret Service agents scanning the crowd during a presidential visit. What are they looking for? Anything out of the ordinary. Someone obviously sweating when it’s a cool day. A man with his hands in his pockets when everyone else is applauding or waving.

Security experts figure that’s not a bad approach for credit unions to take as they face an increasing threat of hacker attacks. In a study spanning February 2005 to March 2006, SecureWorks saw 67% more Internet attacks attempted against its credit union clients than its banking clients. On average, the company says it is blocking 767 attacks per day per credit union client.

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