SEC staffers leave their computers unencrypted, take them to Black Hat hacker conference

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In the face of a growing number of cyberattacks on businesses and government agencies, the White House is drafting an executive order on cybersecurity following Congress’s failure to pass similar legislation earlier this year. Not everyone in government is taking the threat so seriously, however. Reuters is reporting that several staffers at the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Trading and Markets Division left their agency-issued computers’ hard drives unencrypted — drives that contain highly sensitive information on stock exchanges such as details of the system’s infrastructure. According to reports, in an extreme effort to tempt fate, some of the employees also brought these same computers to the Black Hat security…

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