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The SEC seal outside of its headquarters in Washington, D.C. Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images

The Securities and Exchange Commission is probing whether some U.S. companies failed to disclose that they had been a victim of the massive SolarWinds breach by Russian hackers, according to Reuters.

Why it matters: U.S. securities law requires companies to disclose information, like a cyberattack, that could impact their share prices.

  • The SEC sent letters last week to a small number of public issuers and investment firms asking for voluntary information on whether they had been victims of the hack and failed to disclose it, according to Reuters.
  • It also sought information on whether public companies that had been attacked had experienced a lapse of internal controls.

While the extent of the SolarWinds breach is still unclear, it's known that hackers compromised networks tied to the Treasury, Defense, Commerce and State departments and several U.S. companies.

  • The undefined nature of the breach is largely because it's unknown how long it went undetected or even how it started.

The big picture: Despite U.S. sanctions in response to the breach, the Russian hackers responsible for SolarWinds have launched new waves of cyber campaigns.

  • Last month, Microsoft disclosed that it detected a hacking campaign from the group targeting cyberattacks targeting government agencies, think tanks, consultants, and NGOs.

Go deeper: New SEC chairman is changing the regulator's approach

Go deeper

Sep 24, 2021 - World

EU warns Russia not to allow cyberattacks ahead of German elections

Russia's foreign minister Sergei Lavrov (left) and European Union high representative for foreign affairs and security policy Josep Borrell. Photo: Russian Foreign Ministry/TASS via Getty Images

The European Union warned Russia in a statement on Friday not to allow hackers to attack databases or spread disinformation as Germany holds its parliamentary elections this weekend.

Why it matters: German security officials said there was a cyberattack at the Federal Statistical Office, the office which oversees the German election, per the Associated Press. Russian cyberattacks targeted the 2020 U.S. Presidential election last year, and tried to sow distrust in U.S. election results, according to the Department of Homeland Security.

Dan Primack, author of Pro Rata
46 mins ago - Economy & Business

Peloton stock tanks on report of production halt

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Peloton stock fell by as much as 25% on Thursday, following a CNBC report that the connected fitness company will temporarily halt production on its bikes and treadmills.

Why it matters: Peloton is viewed by many as a proxy for consumer behavior in the pandemic era, as its popularity surged when gyms closed and people wanted to exercise at home.

Updated 47 mins ago - Politics & Policy

Omicron dashboard

Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

  1. Health: Omicron pushes COVID deaths toward 2,000 per day — The pandemic-proof health care giant.
  2. Vaccines: No evidence that healthy children, teens need boosters, WHO says — Starbucks drops worker vaccine or test requirement after SCOTUS ruling — Kids' COVID vaccination rates are particularly low in rural America.
  3. Politics: Biden concedes U.S. should have done more testing — Arizona says it "will not be intimidated" by Biden on anti-mask school policies.
  4. World: American Airlines flight to London forced to turn around over mask dispute — WHO: COVID health emergency could end this year — Greece imposes vaccine mandate for people 60 and older.
  5. Variant tracker