While the company said in a statement that the executives had no knowledge of the attack at the time they sold their shares, questions have been raised around the timing of the sales.
Some of consumers’ most important personal information may have been stolen, said Max Wolff, chief economist at Disruptive Technology Advisers, adding that the breach, along with the executives’ share sales being revealed in regulatory filings, will impact how investors feel about “cybersecurity, data … and it’s going to unfortunately set some new records in terms of fines and fallout” as well as influence how investors think about corporate governance.
“We watched the company here, in this particular case, spend about two months getting ready to share the information that they had lost this data,” as well as the news of executives selling shares before the announcement, Wolff said.
He added: “I think investors are going to ask another basic question when they own or praise the ownership of a public company … they’re going to have to ask what the cyber-vulnerabilities are. And they’re going to have to know that there’s a good set of policies in place to prevent, and to respond to, these type of attacks.”
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