The year in tech: biggest fails, flops, and faux pas

2012 brought its fair share of mistakes, flops, and failures. Here are 20 of the biggest tech mishaps from the past year.

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Security breaches galore


It’s no longer a surprise when the Web services we rely on get hacked, but that doesn’t mean the companies who fail to protect our data don’t deserve any public shaming. Among this year’s big failures: Zappos, with 21 million records breached; LinkedIn, with 6.5 million hashed passwords posted online; and eHarmony, which saw 1.5 million user records stolen. Although the stolen passwords were all encrypted, the most common ones are easy to crack—all the more reason not to set your password as “ password.”

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