Feb 06, 2019 | News

Cyberthieves Shouldn’t Pull on SECs Cape

he SEC took action against nine defendants in the regulator’s 2016 Edgar system hacking. “The SEC’s complaint alleges that after hacking the newswire services, Ukrainian hacker Oleksandr Leremenko turned his attention to EDGAR and, using deceptive hacking techniques, gained access in 2016. Leremenko extracted EDGAR files containing nonpublic earnings results. The information was passed to individuals who used it to trade in the narrow window between when the files were extracted from SEC systems and when the companies released the information to the public. In total, the traders traded before at least 157 earnings releases from May to October 2016 and generated at least $4.1 million in illegal profits.”