Willie Sutton famously said that he robbed banks because that's where the money was. You might think that today's thieves would do the same, possibly by hacking into ATM machines. Yet it turns out that financial services account for only 14 percent of data breaches, while 20 percent are in the food and beverage industry.

That's just one surprising statistic in a new global study of some 500 security breaches handled by Verizon Business's RISK Team between 2004 and 2007, involving more than 230 million data records. Verizon's report sorts attacks into seven categories. Hacking is, unsurprisingly, a cybercriminal's favorite weapon. Errors, such as incorrect network settings, directly led to just 3 percent of the breaches, but by giving bad guys a leg up they ended up contributing to many more.

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Why Functional Programming Should Be the Future of Software Development

It’s hard to learn, but your code will produce fewer nasty surprises

11 min read
A plate of spaghetti made from code
Shira Inbar

You’d expectthe longest and most costly phase in the lifecycle of a software product to be the initial development of the system, when all those great features are first imagined and then created. In fact, the hardest part comes later, during the maintenance phase. That’s when programmers pay the price for the shortcuts they took during development.

So why did they take shortcuts? Maybe they didn’t realize that they were cutting any corners. Only when their code was deployed and exercised by a lot of users did its hidden flaws come to light. And maybe the developers were rushed. Time-to-market pressures would almost guarantee that their software will contain more bugs than it would otherwise.

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