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Security's Biggest Train Wrecks of 2007
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Written by Daniel   
Friday, 28 December 2007 12:55
We've seen a boxcar o' breaches and break-ins this year, but these were the most grisly – and the hardest to take our eyes from

DECEMBER 27, 2007 | 5:45 PM
By Tim Wilson
Site Editor, Dark Reading

The old Chinese curse says, "May you live in interesting times." It seems a lot of IT security departments may have been cursed in 2007, because most of them have had one "interesting" year. In fact, according to one report, a whopping 85 percent of organizations have experienced at least one reportable breach in the past 12 months. (See Study: Breaches of Personal Data Now Prevalent in Enterprises.)

We've covered a lot of those breaches here at Dark Reading, and we've come to learn there are essentially three types of breach stories: the "pro forma" reports of lost jump drives and laptops that seldom result in any damage to end users; the mid-tier hacks and mistakes that might ding the organization and a relatively small number of users; and the whoppers that make your jaw drop, either because of the skill of the hacker or (more often) because of the shocking inattention of the IT organization.

The following is a look at some of the whoppers we saw in 2007, updating the list of shame we offered back in May. Here's hoping your organization doesn't find its way onto our list for 2008.
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