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Looking Back at the Top Cyber-Security Incidents of 2018

December 31, 2018 / Sean Michael Kerner

As 2018 draws to a close, it's a good time to reflect on the year that was in cyber-security, to learn from past mistakes and identify trends that will likely continue into the new year. 2018 saw no shortage of major breaches, new critical vulnerabilities and policy changes that enterprise IT organizations will still be grappling with in one form or another in 2019. 2018 was the year of Meltdown and Spectre and it was the year that GDPR came into effect. 2018 was also a year of intense security privacy challenges for Facebook and it was also a year in which tens of millions of Americans had their data stolen in large data breaches. In this year-end wrap-up, eWEEK looks back at some of the top IT security incidents of 2018. It didn't take long for the first major IT security issue to be disclosed in 2018. On Jan. 3, the year kicked off with speculation about a major new critical flaw in Intel chips that ended up with the disclosure of the Meltdown and Spectre CPU flaws.