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Hack of Wall Street regulator rattles investors, lawmakers

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Wall Street’s top regulator came under fire on Thursday about its Cyber security and disclosure practices after admitting hackers had breached its database of corporate announcements in 2016 and may have used it for insider trading.


The SEC disclosure came two weeks after credit-reporting company Equifax Inc ( EFX.N ) said a breach has exposed sensitive personal of data up to 143 million U.S. customers, and follows last year’s cyber attack on SWIFT, the global bank messaging system.


U.S. President Donald Trump in May signed an executive order requiring agencies to use a specific framework to assess and manage cyber risk, and to prepare a report within 90 days about how they implement it.


Banking Committee member Senator Mark Warner said in a statement he intends to ask about SEC thresholds for requiring companies to disclose breaches, and flagged the connection between the SEC’s disclosure and its market oversight role.


Additional reporting by Jonathan Spicer in New York, Bryan Sims in Houston; Writing by Lisa Lambert and Meredith Mazzilli; Editing by Carmel Crimmins and Nick Zieminski




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