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[ISN] SEC left stocks data vulnerable to hackers: Report
November 9, 2012
WASHINGTON -- Securities and Exchange Commission staffers left
highly-sensitive information from stock exchanges open to hacking and
cyber-attacks because they didn't adequately protect the security of
some computers and other electronic devices, according to Reuters,
citing people familiar with what happened.
The new agency's sources added that there were no signs that any hacking
or spying occurred.
The devices "belonged to a handful of employees in an office within the
SEC's Trading and Markets Division. That office is responsible for
making sure exchanges follow certain guidelines to protect the markets
from potential cyber threats and systems problems," Reuters says.
Some of them even brought the devices to a Black Hat conference, where
experts get together to talk about the latest trends in hacking. It
wasn't clear why the staffers did that, Reuters says.
The lapses are spelled out in a report that SEC Interim Inspector
General Jon Rymer hasn't released yet, Reuters reports.
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