It’s that time of year where we in the news business love to make lists of the top news stories of the year. I’ve drawn up a Top 5 list of my own for your amusement, but admit that my judgment could be off. And so I ask you, the reader, to look over my list and tell me if there’s anything you would add or detract. I’ll work your feedback into our final Top 5 story.
IT professionals struggled mightily to make sense of Microsoft’s Windows Vista, but compatibility problems slowed enterprise-wide deployments to a crawl.
Apple’s iPhone — the year’s most hyped piece of technology — quickly gained the attention of hackers eager to find security weaknesses. It didn’t take them long to find something.
The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) got plenty of attention as the list of data breaches grew and compliance deadlines approached. By year’s end many were still struggling to meet all of PCI DSS’s requirements, but that didn’t stop some experts from insisting on even tougher provisions.
When Storm was first discovered in January, it looked like another typical worm outbreak. But Storm kept spreading throughout 2007 and it soon became clear that the malware was the creation of sophisticated botnet builders. By year’s end, it was continuing to spread in the form of smaller, more customized botnets capable of launching a variety of attacks.
TJX acknowledged a massive data breach in January that ultimately exposed more than 94 million records to online fraud. To date, it is the biggest systems breach in history.