The 10 Biggest Security Stories Of 2012

8. Macs Get Targeted

The phrase, "I don't need security; I've got a Mac!" became a thing of the past in 2012 when Java vulnerabilities were used to infect more than a half million Macs with malware known as "Flashback." The hackers at one point even changed how the bug spread, moving from a fake Adobe Flash installer in favor of an equally fake software update. The bug required multiple patches and, at the same time, shattered the Apple platform's perceived invincibility against attack. The bottom line for infected machines, as is usually the case, was the theft of a variety of personal information.

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