Yahoo needs to explain hacking incident

In my previous incarnation as a healthcare PR consultant (currently I still have one foot in it), I was sensitive to accusations of cover-ups and exorbitant drug claims on my clients’ behalf.  Accountability was a big issue and Big Pharma continues to suffer from its perceived lack of accountability.  Having dipped my toes in IT since 2011, I’m surprised by the industry’s relative lack of accountability with regard to hacking incidents.  Fair enough, hacking is not the equivalent of making a misleading – and therefore potentially fatal – drug claim, but there are data which show that billions of dollars are lost to identity theft and online fraud each year.  Surely IT companies should be more accountable to their end users?  I was therefore baffled by Yahoo Singapore’s deafening silence on the widespread hacking of local users’ accounts since last Thursday.  Like our New Zealand counterparts, don’t we deserve an explanation too?  I wrote to Straits Times’ Forum Page editor in my search for answers:

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