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The 10 Biggest Security Stories Of 2010

It was a year for big security breaches, giant botnets and gargantuan mergers. Here are the year's Top 10 security stories of 2010.

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10. Facebook Privacy Dance



It would hardly be a year if Facebook didn't engage in its ongoing privacy mindgame with its 500 million users.

In an attempt to make nice with its critics, the social networking giant launched some reforms to the highly controversial "Connections" setting, which exposes users' profile data to search engines and other third-party applications, by giving users an easier way to completely "opt out" of sharing their personal information with everyone. The site also provided a new privacy settings page that allowed users to set their own "default privacy level."

Congress later scrutinized the social networking giant for a privacy loophole that allowed third-party apps such as Farmville and Mafia Wars to access and aggregate users' social networking identification numbers. The ID numbers could be linked to users' profiles and the profiles of their Facebook friends, which could potentially be used to track online behavior.

 
 
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