In Pictures: The 10 worst tech screwups of 2012 (so far)

Among a bounty of flops, flubs, and faceplants, Cringely picks tech's 10 biggest blunders we've seen in the first half of the year

10. Leak house

In January, hacker group Lords of Dharmaraja posted source code for Norton AntiVirus. In February, Anonymous tapped a phone confab between the FBI and Scotland Yard about -- yes -- how to catch Anonymous, then posted the audio on YouTube. That same month, security consultants Stratfor Global had 5 million of its emails posted online, courtesy of those same anons. In March, a zero-day remote desktop exploit spread across the Web. Its source: A Microsoft program intended to identify and contain zero-day exploits. Recently, LinkedIn had more than 6 million hashed user passwords stolen and posted online by a Russian hacker. Will the last site too lazy to shore up its security practices please turn off the InterWebs?

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