Peter Kafka

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SEC Files Insider Trading Charges in Disney-Marvel Deal

The Securities and Exchange Commission has charged a California man with insider trading in the run-up to the 2009 Disney-Marvel deal. The SEC says Toby G. Scammell took advantage of his girlfriend, an “extern” working at Disney’s corporate strategy department, to learn about the company’s $4 billion acquisition of the comic book company, and used the information to make a $192,000 profit trading call options. The SEC hasn’t charged Scammell’s girlfriend, who it describes as “exploited,”. Press release; complaint (PDF)


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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik