The hack that compromised the US Securities and Exchange Commission was a shock and more than a little damaging, but could it have been prevented? Unfortunately the answer is very likely yes. The Hill has combed through the SEC's internal evaluations, and it's now clear that the Commission had been warned about digital security issues for years. An inspector general audit warned about "weaknesses" in the SEC's security measures back in 2013, and multiple warnings appear to have sometimes fallen on deaf ears. A June 2016 inspector general report said the SEC hadn't "fully addressed" some problems from previous audits, and was at "increased risk" of intruders taking sensitive data.