back to article IT isn't supposed to stand for Insider Trading... Palo Alto Networks sysadmin and pals accused of $7m shares caper

A now-former Palo Alto Networks IT administrator illegally exploited his employer's confidential financial figures to line his pockets with stock-market profits, it is claimed. Janardhan Nellore, 42, of Milpitas, California, clocked the numbers and made trades of the US giant's securities, occasionally from his own work …

  1. ecofeco Silver badge

    Future CEO

    Executive material right there. /s

    1. W.S.Gosset Silver badge


      He got caught.

  2. astounded1

    Just Get Some Stock Options, Then Legally Sell The Shares For Cash

    Check out the legal insider trading disclosures for Palo Alto Networks. Look at all the cash those people have made by selling off their shares. My, my. Lots of money for a company that has never turned a profit.

  3. iron Silver badge

    > "This case highlights our use of enhanced data analysis tools

    Oooh advanced data analysis...

    > made trades of the US giant's stock, occasionally from his own work computer

    So basically you checked an IP address and saw it belonged to his computer, very advanced.

    1. Is It Me

      I think you are probably looking at this the wrong way, the data analysis flagged something suspicious and then looking at logs they found his IP address.

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        I still can't help shake the feeling that "advanced data analysis" in this case was actually "we looked and found something"...

  4. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    I always wonder how many people get away with it

    They always do something really dumb, like using their work computers in this case, that makes it so easy for the SEC to track. Sure, suspicious trades will show up on their radar, but if you relied on someone you know (not immediate family) to make trades, and give you your proceeds in cash (which you never deposit in a bank, and spend in cash) or in an overseas account, it would make their job a lot tougher. Not saying they couldn't still catch you, but everyone we read about makes such an obvious mistake that I can't imagine they put much thought into things in advance.

    1. Hans 1

      Re: I always wonder how many people get away with it

      You only ever read about those who failed at it. Since I doubt the systems in place can detect a pro, they only get amateurs ... and amateurs make silly mistakes.

      1. Michael Wojcik Silver badge

        Re: I always wonder how many people get away with it

        I'm tempted to dig into the research to see if anyone's experimented with proxies for successful (i.e. not directly detected) insider training, to get an idea of what the success rate might be.

        I also wonder what kind of black market exists for insider information, and what mechanisms it uses to sanction defectors (people who provide false or misleading information; or if payment comes after confirmation, buyers who don't pay). An escrow system would probably work but that would require a trusted third party. Such a market would likely be safer (but with a correspondingly smaller reward) than using insider information directly. It seems like an obvious idea, so I'd expect one exists.

  5. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Utterly amazed!

    An employee who was allowed to know anything!!

    (Just us mushrooms here)

  6. Curucturberght


    just curious what trading platform have they used

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