ATLANTA — Security firm SecureWorks announced that it blocked over 37 million Web application hacker attacks attempted against its 1,600 banking, credit union and utility clients in 2006. “Beginning last spring, we saw a significant increase in the number of SQL Injection attacks being attempted against clients,” said Erik Petersen, vice president of professional services for SecureWorks. “In April, they jumped from an average of 100 to 200 a day to anywhere from 1,000 to 8,000 per day and have remained at that high rate ever since.” She also noted that in 2006, 38% of all the targeted attacks, instances where hackers go after a specific institution, were against Web applications. “We found that a third of the targeted web application attacks were coming from overseas, primarily from China, Taiwan, Germany, South Korea and Poland,” she said.

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