This spring's crop of database breaches has been about as abundant as the pollen count this time of year, and twice as likely to make security researchers' eyelids twitch. During the past couple of months, data breaches have ranged from the mundane to the fantastic, with each occurrence offering valuable lessons for security professionals with regard to locking down databases and the applications that access them.

The following five high-profile breaches offer some of the low lights of late and what organizations can learn from each of these incidents.

1. A Big Dam Deal A compromise involving fraudulently obtained user credentials gave attackers unauthorized access to a special database held by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers that contained the critical details of over 8,000 dams across the country. Though the Army revoked the credentials involved, the information was already exposed to attackers that officials believe were based in China. ... Read full story on Dark Reading


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