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Majority of Taiwanese Web users' accounts hacked: poll

TAIPEI -- Most Taiwanese have encountered Internet security problems due to bad password habits, according to a survey published by the state-funded Taiwan Network Information Center.

The survey, conducted through telephone interviews from Nov. 25 to Dec. 4 last year, found that 56.5 percent of Taiwanese Internet users have had the experience of their web accounts being stolen by hackers over the previous three months.

Some 20.4 percent of the respondents said their computers have been infected with Trojan horse malware programs that embed themselves in a computer system to steal passwords, with another 13.5 percent saying their computer systems have been infiltrated during the same period.

Asked about how frequently they change their passwords, 48.4 percent of the respondents said they do not change their passwords, while 39.9 percent answered that they “always” or “occasionally” use the same passwords for various Internet services.

The survey was based on 1,420 valid samples collected from people aged over 12 who have access to the Internet. It had a margin of error of plus or minus 2.6 percentage points.

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