Senator Heidi Heitkamp, a North Dakota Democrat who sits on the Senate Banking Committee, said it was “disturbing” that it appeared executives sold nearly two million dollars’ worth of company stock in the gap between learning of a sweeping hacker intrusion and making it public.
“If that happened, somebody needs to go to jail,” Heitkamp said at a credit union industry conference in Washington. “It’s a problem when people can act with impunity with no consequences. How is that not insider trading?”
Equifax announced last week that it learned on July 29 that hackers had infiltrated its systems in mid-May, gaining access to a wide swath of personal information, in what cyber security experts believe is one of the largest data hacks ever disclosed.
Three days after Equifax discovered the breach, three top company executives, including Chief Financial Officer John Gamble and a president of a unit, sold Equifax shares or exercised options to dispose of stock worth about $1.8 million, regulatory filings show.Read more at Reuters