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Tech project finds Top 25 coding flaws that let hackers in

January 13, 2009View for printing

A diverse group of technologists on Monday issued a list of the top 25 computer coding errors that lead to 85% of the criminal activity on the Internet.

The list is being hailed as a major breakthrough that should gradually make the Internet much safer. "When consumers see that most vulnerabilities are caused by a mere 25 weaknesses, a new standard for due diligence … is likely to emerge," says Konrad Vesey, a member of the National Security Agency's Information Assurance Directorate.

By Byron Acohido, USA TODAY

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