As I was reading stories around the Internet, as per my daily ritual, I stumbled across Security News Daily’s Top 10 Biggest Security stories of 2011, by Matt Liebowitz. As I went through it, I thought to myself “What the—? Did these guys copy me?” There’s a lot of overlap there. It just goes to show you that great minds think alike. Here’s the rundown of their top 10 stories, along with the opening paragraph:
his was a banner year for cybercrooks and hacktivists. From the Anonymous collective taking on a notorious Mexican drug cartel, to the massive breach at the authentication token company RSA, to the freewheeling LulzSec hackers who burst on the scene and wreaked havoc for 50 days before sailing off into the sunset, hackers had a field day in 2012. The news wasn’t totally sunny for Apple and Android either; both felt the heat from malware makers who proved that no matter how secure a product is supposed to be — a laptop, a smartphone, an app — there’s always a way to compromise the security of the millions of people who rely on it.
- Sony Playstation Network Gets Pwned (mentioned as my Top Story #5).
- LulzSec Terrorizes the Net, Sails into the Sunset (included with Anonymous in my Top Story #5).
- Everyone Feels the Fallout from the RSA Hack (mentioned as my Top Story #3).
- Anonymous Humiliates HBGary Federal (not included in my list other than a vague allusion in Top Story #5).
- Macs Show Some Cracks (mentioned as my Top Story #6).
- Android Malware Skyrockets (mentioned as my Stop Story #7).
- Scarlett (Johansson) Get Exposed (not included in my list).
- Anonymous Takes on Mexican Drug Cartel (not included in my list, but blogged here).
- Russian Hackers Shut Down Illinois Water Plant – Not (not included in my list).
- The Government Freaks Out (not included in my list, but would have had I been around in December).
There you have it. A different take on what constituted the most important stories of 2011. Liebowitz puts more emphasis on Anonymous than I do, while I look a bit more at bots and spam.