5 Tiny Mistakes That Led To Huge Catastrophes: This is a list of five little things that had huge consequences. All of them are technology related in some way, which makes this perhaps the first article I can link to from Cracked.
I liked the first one, about the search engine logs that AOL accidentally posted.
This is the internet, there is no such thing as the next day. By the time the file was taken down, word of the data leak had spread through blogs far and wide, the search results were posted on mirror sites including one that remains today as a searchable database. The media had already taken to the frighteningly easy task of personally identifying some of the users.
Warning: Cracked can be profane. Also funny, but mostly profane.
I’m surprised they didn’t include “The $500 million variable declaration.”