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Y2K Fears Create Fraud Opportunities

May 13,1999
Asiana Airlines recently conducted simulation tests as a precaution to the Y2K problem. When the airline moved the date forward to New Year's Day 2000, the computer did not recognize the date. It then sought help from a British company to provide a solution, which in return replied it would cost 200,000 dollars.
However, Vice President Shin Hoon discovered that it would only need 1,000 dollars worth of software to correct the problem. He said, 'The British company ignored our technology standards and asked for steep price.'
An owner of a small business company, Mr. Park, received a phone call from a computer company last month saying that his computer would shut down unless he received consulting. The computer company proceeded to charge him 16,000 dollars in diagnostic tests and said nothing was wrong.
He later heard from a computer expert, 'There is no possibility of a Y2K problem in a personal computer only used for word processing.'
In most cases a simple program change can prevent any Y2K bugs instead of paying exorbitant sums of money.
The telephone number to report illegal fraud involving the Y2K is (02)3487-2222.
Hwashik Bong : trojans@joongang.co.kr


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