This has been a busy year for both hackers and computer forensic specialists. Whether it was the 4 million usernames and e-mail addresses swiped in a hack of The Pirate Bay or AT&T’s Website hack that exposed the e-mail addresses of iPad 3G owners, the first six months of 2010 are a reminder of the realities of today’s IT security landscape. With this backdrop, security professionals will meet the week of July 26 at the Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas to discuss the latest threats and what can be done about them. While each of the most serious hacks and malicious breaches are different, many have a key similarity – insecure code. Others highlight the dangers of phishing and criminals exploiting potential gaps in physical security. Here are some of the more notable data breaches, hacks and exposures that made the news so far this year.