Twitter, Media Giants Shed Stigma Of Reporting Hacks

By Allison Grande (February 4, 2013, 10:26 PM EST) -- Twitter Inc. and the Washington Post reported Friday that their computer systems had been hacked, the latest in a series of voluntary disclosures that attorneys say demonstrate companies' increased willingness to admit they were attacked, in a day and age when few can say they've escaped cyberintrusions.

In a blog post, Twitter director of information security Bob Lord revealed that "extremely sophisticated" hackers had gained access to "limited user information" — including email addresses and encrypted/salted versions of passwords — for about 250,000 users.

The announcement came on the same day that the Washington Post published an article reporting that it...

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