According to a report on, UK internet companies are reluctant to take out insurance cover against going down due by reason of accident or attack because they fear the negative publicity of disclosing security breaches.

There are already several insurance companies offering services tailored to dot.coms. These companies point out that some venture capitalists demand that an internet company has a suitable policy in place as a pre-condition to funding.

E-commerce insurance is a common condition of funding in the US but, according to, has still to take off in the UK.

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