As more companies come out of the closet about their Internet security
being compromised, still more start to admit it.
But many (perhaps most) don’t even know.
Fortunately, there is a way the public can get a clue
even about those companies.
wrote for the NYTimes 20 February 2013
that corporations try to hide successful cracking of their Internet security:
Most treat online attacks as a dirty secret best kept from customers,
shareholders and competitors, lest the disclosure sink their stock price
and tarnish them as hapless.
However, as some companies come out of the closet about this (Twitter,
Facebook, Apple, etc.) and such
revelations become more common, the threat of looking foolish fades
and more companies are seizing the opportunity to take the leap in a
“There is a ‘hide in the noise’ effect right now,”
said Alan Paller, director of research at the SANS Institute, a
nonprofit security research and education organization. “This
is a particularly good time to get out the fact that you got hacked,
because if you are one of many, it discounts the starkness of the
Now here’s the interesting part: