In Pictures: Sorriest technology companies of 2013

Microsoft, Apple and Samsung among those issuing mea culpas

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The founder of an eavesdropping-resistant instant messaging application called Cryptocat apologized in July over a since-fixed bug that made some types of messages more vulnerable to snooping. Cryptocat, which runs inside a web browser, is an open-source application intended to provide users with a high degree of security by using encryption to scramble messages. Founder Nadim Kobeissi on his outfit’s developer blog that “On behalf of the Cryptocat project, team members and volunteers, I apologize unreservedly for this vulnerability, and sincerely and deeply thank Steve Thomas for pointing it out. Without him, we would have been a lot worse off, and so would our users.”

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