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Prosecutors announce latest guilty plea in unprecedented hacking and trading scheme

Bruce Carton | August 3, 2016

On August 5, 2015, the SEC and DOJ both filed cases against against a large group of hackers and traders who carried out an audacious insider trading and hacking scheme. According to the DOJ, five men engaged in an "international scheme to hack into three business newswires, steal yet-to-be published press releases containing non-public financial information, and use the information to make trades that allegedly generated approximately $30 million in illegal profits." The DOJ ultimately brought criminal charges against 10 trader and hacker defendants in the case. The SEC's...

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