This is the exact concern I've had since the start of these highly publicized intrusions. Instead of blaming lax security guidelines and policy at the places of intrusion, the public media is placing the blame in the hands of the people bringing making this knowledge public. Surly there are better ways to notify the companies at fault, but with the new development of "let's only solve problems when the public makes a giant scene out of it" (ex. people complaining on Twitter about issues they are having) this was bound to happen sooner rather than later.
I really hope the people in power see the true issue and don't use it as an excuse to lock down and regulate even further (ha, yeah right). Prevention is the key measure, not treatment of the problem once it happens.