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2014: The Year of the Hack

We ended this year the same way we rang it in - reeling from cyberattacks. Meanwhile, tech experts forecast doom for the future of privacy.

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This will be remembered as the year of the hack.

The tone was set in January as we learned details about the Target credit card breach, along with a Snapchat hack that revealed millions of user phone numbers. Now we're witnessing hackers cripple Sony Pictures Entertainment, ""="" shortcode="link" asset-type="article" uuid="d0c895c9-6b5f-4cb0-841e-0eefe70c864a" slug="sony-cancels-the-interview-release" link-text="stopping the release of " section="news" title="Sony cancels 'The Interview' as US links hack to North Korea" edition="us" data-key="link_bulk_key" api="{"id":"d0c895c9-6b5f-4cb0-841e-0eefe70c864a","slug":"sony-cancels-the-interview-release","contentType":null,"edition":"us","topic":{"slug":"security"},"metaData":{"typeTitle":null,"hubTopicPathString":"Security","reviewType":null},"section":"news"}"> CNET Update looks back at a year of cyberattacks, as well as a new Pew Research report on privacy:

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This episode also touches on another stressful topic -- holiday shopping. Amazon launches a one-hour delivery service called Prime Now. But most of us need to get our online orders in by Friday for free shipping in time for Christmas. ( Or Monday if you're feeling brave.)

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