Bankers, beware! If your institution is offering services over the Internet, you had better guard against "spoofers" and "sniffers."

These represent just two among a growing list of serious threats to bank computer systems that have regulators worried. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. has identified five types of risks posed when banks provide Internet transactions and suggested several safeguards to fend off computer crooks. Similar guidance has been issued by the Federal Reserve, and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency is expected to weigh in early in 1998.

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