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Japanese companies are less prepared to fend off Internet-based cybercrime than their counterparts in other major countries, according to a survey released Monday by IBM Japan Ltd.

Among some 3,000 corporate respondents from 17 countries, including the United States, Britain, China, India and Russia, only 15 percent of the 150 Japanese companies covered by the study said they have taken sufficient steps to prevent cybercrime, while the world average is 59 percent, IBM said.

The poll defined cybercrime as illegal acts such as revising or stealing data from a company’s computer system, for example.

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