other people. The criminal charges were contained in two indictments unsealed in New Jersey and New York City. The group consisted of two people described as Ukrainian computer hackers, six stock traders all but one of them in the US an
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eal estate developer. They were charged with offenses including securities fraud, computer fraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering. Prosecutors said that for nearly three years starting in 2010, the hackers gained access to news releases that were about to be issued by Marketwired of Toronto; PR Newswire, based in New York; and Business Wire of San Francisco. The news releases contained earnings figures and other information from a multitude of companies. The traders then used the information to make trades before the releases came out, exploiting a time gap ranging from hours to three days, prosecutors said. “This is the story of a t跑狗图香港神算 raditional securities fraud scheme with a twist one that employed a contemporary approach to a conventional crime,” said Diego Rodriguez, head of the FBI’s New York office. Five defendants were arrested on Tuesday, and arrest warrants were issued for four in the Ukraine. The hackers were paid based on how much in profits the traders made, prosecutors alleged. They also allegedly created a how-to video on gaining access to the stored press releases. Business Wire said it has hired a cybersecurity firm to test its systems and make sure they are secure. Marketwired and PR Newswire did not immediately return emails seeking comment. The group made more than $600,000 by trading the stock of Peoria, Illinois-based Caterpillar Inc. in 2011 using a news release that said the company’s third-quarter profits had climbed 27%, according to the indictment. Similarly, the group made more than $1.4m trading stock in San Jose, California-based Align
Technology in 2013 ahead of a
press release that said annual revenue was up more than 20%, the indictment said.