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Should Hacked Companies Disclose Their Losses? 68

derekmead writes "By law, US companies don't have to say a word about hacker attacks, regardless of how much it might've cost their bottom line. Comment, the group of Chinese hackers suspected in the recent-reported Coke breach, also broke into the computers of the world's largest steel company, ArcelorMittal. ArcelorMittal doesn't know exactly how much was stolen and didn't think it was relevant to share news of the attack with its shareholders. Same goes for Lockheed Martin who fended off a 'significant and tenacious' attack last May but failed to disclose the details to investors and the Securities Exchange Commission. Dupont got hit twice by Chinese hackers in 2009 and 2010 and didn't say a word. Former U.S. counterintelligence chief Joel Brenner recently said that over 2,000 companies, ISPs and research centers had been hit by Chinese hackers in the past decade and few of them told their shareholders about it. This is even after the SEC has made multiple requests for companies to come clean about cyber security breaches in their quarterly or annual earnings reports. Because the potential losses, do hacked companies have a responsibility to report security breaches to investors?"
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Should Hacked Companies Disclose Their Losses?

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  • by udachny ( 2454394 ) on Monday November 05, 2012 @04:38PM (#41885959) Journal

    Oh, and I forgot to mention something: most people shouldn't be participating in stock market at all. The fact is that participation in the stock market is encouraged by government, which debases your savings with inflation, so you feel that you must do something. Since the interest rates on government bonds is non-existent, I mean it's negative given the inflation rate, you are basically forced into the stock market.

    But this a huge problem, most people do not understand the stock market, so the government hands them over to the financial institutions, that basically lobby the government to push people into their hands.

    My point is: you should NOT invest in things that you personally do not understand or at least didn't do homework on before you jumped into them. Government encourages people to participate in this giant casino and makes it LOOK like it's safe with various regulations. You think you are safe while in reality you are being robbed and the robbery is endorsed by the government itself. You are much better off either starting your own company if you want to invest or at the minimum to go and find out whatever you can about the company you are investing in. Visit the offices, visit the plants, visit the sites, request to see the books, etc.

    If you can't spend the time and you think you can trust somebody to do it for you, I have news for you: you won't be able to choose the best options, you won't be able to choose your account manager based on past performance, because the established industry pushed for the so called 'self-regulations' (FINRA), which are really extension of government power, because you can't operate in that space unless you comply. But that system PREVENTS COMPETITION!

    It ensures that you are going to give your money to the biggest crooks, the ones that are most connected to the government, which is working together with these crooks to steal your money from you by all means possible, while pretending you are protected by gov't.

    There is no competition, no small money manager can start his own brokerage, it's made impossible with regulations and rules and then with FINRA that prevents advertising based on past performance.

    Again: most people shouldn't be in the stock market.

    (I recommend that most people buy something of value, assets that withstand inflation if they can't be sure in what they are investing. But your gov't certainly doesn't want you to do that and the tax code proves it as well).

  • Re:I dissent. (Score:5, Interesting)

    by TubeSteak ( 669689 ) on Monday November 05, 2012 @10:20PM (#41889511) Journal

    Corporations have vastly more resources than the SEC's $1.3 billion budget.
    That budget is about .01% of the cash flows they're supposed to be regulating,
    which is why SEC violations almost always end in settlements for a fraction of the money involved, with no admission of guilt.

    In reality, the SEC should be the size of the IRS (10x the budget) and the IRS should have 2x its current budget.
    You'd see a lot less corporate fraud if the regulators had the resources to do their job.

Order and simplification are the first steps toward mastery of a subject -- the actual enemy is the unknown. -- Thomas Mann