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12 Epic Tech Fails Of 2011

From Apotheker to Zuckerberg, tech chiefs had plenty of time on the hot seat this year. Take a look back at the notable product, strategy, and security fails of 2011.
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RSA, makers of the SecurID two-factor authentication technology that is core to the security strategies of hundreds of enterprises, found out in March that even core security technologies can be compromised. As Dark Reading's Tim Wilson says of the attack, "the very foundation of tokens and authentication is shaken, not to mention one of the oldest and most respected security companies." RSA found itself in the position of explaining to customers that a strong security organization can be taken down by a sophisticated attack. In October, RSA chief Arthur Coviello pinned blame for the advanced persistent threat attack on a nation state, without naming names. Even now, security experts continue to speculate just what SecurID data was nabbed, because parent company EMC has not disclosed full details.

On the flipside of the coin, Sony's less sophisticated security strategy was defeated with ease, beginning in April, Wilson notes. Breaches affected millions of customers' personal data and touched the PlayStation Network, the Qriocity streaming video and music service, and SonyPitcures.com.

Sony was hacked "multiple times from multiple vectors by multiple attackers, and it didn't even seem to be difficult. Even the attacker commented on it," Wilson said. In September, Sony hired its first chief information security officer, former Homeland Security official and Microsoft exec Philip Reitinger, as InformationWeek's J. Nicholas Hoover reported. --Laurianne McLaughlin

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Iamalive
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Iamalive,
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1/7/2012 | 5:48:59 PM
re: 12 Epic Tech Fails Of 2011
I think the editor should use proper English and reword the title as, "Epic Failures", as opposed to "Epic Fails".
Leo Regulus
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Leo Regulus,
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12/21/2011 | 8:02:05 PM
re: 12 Epic Tech Fails Of 2011
Along with smoking, drinking, illegal substance abuse & shoveling snow, you should add Slide Shows to your list of 2012 resolutions as things to avoid. You'll really be happy that you did.
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Bprince,
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12/21/2011 | 1:52:06 PM
re: 12 Epic Tech Fails Of 2011
Got a chuckle from a few of these and nodded my head at others. I don't know if I would call the Facebook thing a complete fail, because the company is at least working towards better privacy, and I think it can be argued that it has gotten better over the years. But good list.
Brian Prince, InformationWeek/Dark Reading Comment Moderator
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