COMPANY: Cisco
WHEN: November 2005
WHAT HAPPENED: In July 2005, Cisco discovered a major security hole in its Internetwork Operating System that could have resulted in hackers taking control of the routers and switches that control its online and corporate networks, but hid the problem from the public and failed to fix it until November.
COMPLEX SAYS: Sure, it's ass-backwards to take a full four months to figure out how to patch up a critical flaw that had the potential to ruin its entire international operation, and expose every users' personal data — but it