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Survey: Cyberattacks top Americans’ concerns

- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Most Americans are more concerned about hacking and cyberattacks on the nation's infrastructure than they are about terrorism, according to opinion research published Wednesday by the computer security firm Unisys.

In the survey, most respondents said that protecting government computers systems from hackers (74 percent) and protecting electric grids, water utilities and transportation systems from computer attacks (73 percent) should be "very important" issues for presidential candidates.

Just over two-thirds of the respondents said terrorism should be a "very important" issue.

About 53 percent of respondents aged 18 to 24 said terrorism should be "very important" — the lowest percentage among of the age groups.

Senior respondents were least concerned with Internet security issues like malware and viruses.

The survey found that more educated respondents were more likely to be concerned about the security of online banking and other Web-based financial transactions.

The opinion poll, conducted by market research firm the Lieberman Group, is based on telephone interviews with 1,000 randomly selected adults.

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