"Now nobody get nervous, you ain't got nothing to fear. You're being robbed by the John Dillinger Gang, that's the best there is!" -- John Dillinger

Since the first cavemen planned their first theft of fresh meat from a rival tribe, the bad guy has always looked for the big score. From Jesse James to John Dillinger to Willie Sutton, there have always been those who hunted the big game.

The world of cybercrime isn't much different. While there are plenty of hackers who make a good living cracking small business accounts or stealing individual identities, the most ambitious attackers prefer a challenge. NASA. The White House. The National Security Agency. And it's hardly a surprise to hear that hackers are taking plenty of shots at today's golden gooses of user information: Facebook, Twitter, and Google.

With all of this as backdrop, it constantly amazes me that large, hugely successful organizations still often fail in their efforts to preserve databases of hundreds of thousands -- sometimes millions -- of users. How can such enormous volumes of data be compromised?

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