In Pictures: The most mortifying moments in IT security history

From Lockheed Martin and HBGary Federal to the US government and Cornell University, no one is immune to humiliating security glitches

When the Code Red worm outbreak in 2001 brought chaos by invading unpatched Microsoft servers across the world, an event so severe the federal government’s National Infrastructure Protection Center quickly organized a press conference in Washington to explain to the public what was happening, Microsoft executive Scott Culp was there as well with the advice “You need to get the patch right away.” Microsoft headquarters also got hit by Code Red.

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