Stories about privacy violation, network security threats and changing malware were among the top 10 hottest Government Technology cybersecurity Web items for 2012. Many of these articles were published in previous years, but readers in 2012 still found them interesting enough to read in droves.
We ranked the top 10 most viewed cybersecurity stories in order from the greatest to the least. Let’s take a look at these popular stories and see why they struck a chord.
In 2008, the Empire Center for New York State Policy posted the salaries of public employees online, which raised privacy concerns.
In 2010, we listed the year’s top 10 network security threats that were compiled by Fortinet.
A Florida county allowed citizens to deposit funds into accounts prisoners used to purchase food.
Hacktivist group Anonymous claimed it took down the Chicago Police department’s website, but the police denied the accusations.
Hackers stole 280,000 Social Security numbers and 500,000 records from Utah government. The information included names, addresses and phone numbers of several state residents.
A data breach in South Carolina compromised millions of records, which put citizens’ debit and credit card information in the hands of criminals.
Researchers at the University of Texas at Dallas created “metamorphic” malware that mutates to avoid detection. Their goal was to study their own malware’s activity so they’d be prepared to combat the malware unleashed by cyber criminals.
This story showed readers what not to do when they set up network passwords.
Michael “Mafiaboy” Calce, a reformed hacker who shutdown Yahoo! when he was 15, talked to Government Technology about cybersecurity in local government.
This article ranked states according to the numbers of cyber crime complaints their residents filed in 2011.