The controversy over WikiLeaks publishing diplomatic cables has dominated the news in recent weeks, but that was not the only time the site had been the focus of attention in 2010. There was also the release of a video of a 2007 U.S. air strike in Baghdad that killed 12 people, as well as thousands of documents related to the U.S. war in Afghanistan. The releases raised concerns about insider threats, particularly following the arrest of U.S. Army Private First Class Bradley Manning.
5Here You Have Worm
A hacker going by the name “Iraqi Resistance” made national news with a mass-mailer worm that disrupted e-mail systems at a number of high-profile companies and institutions, including Wells Fargo and NASA. The hacker said he was not a terrorist and launched the attack in response to plans by a Florida pastor to burn the Quran on the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
6Facebook Security Changes
An onslaught of calls for Facebook to address its privacy practices produced a number of changes in the past 12 months. From redesigning the security controls to adding features such as remote logout and one-time passwords, Facebook executives spent much of the year crafting—and then recrafting—their approach to security.
7Intel Grabs McAfee
Google has become virtually synonymous with Internet search, but gathering information and protecting people’s privacy are two different things. During the year, the company found itself in the middle of privacy flaps involving both Google Buzz and Google StreetView, drawing the ire at various times of consumers and governments alike.
9AT&T E-Mail Addresses Leaked
10Symantec Acquires VeriSign Security Business
11Cloud Computing Security
Even putting aside the hype and hyperbole, cloud computing was one of the overarching IT stories of the year. Cloud security—from what vendors had planned to best practices for enterprises crafting their own clouds—was top-of-mind for many organizations this year.