Has Anonymous Hacked the New York Stock Exchange?
Yesterday, in a cryptic move, Anonymous posted a tweet (pictured below) saying that they hoped the New York Stock Exchange would get through today alright. Then, today, out of nowhere, all trading halted on the exchange.
The NYSE specifically denied that it was a hacking incident which had taken it down, but gave no other reason for trading to be stopped. All trades that were currently being executed were canceled without explanation. It was hard to attribute the cause, but other exchanges including the NASDAQ were able to continue trading NYSE stocks without interruption.
The ominous tweet from Anonymous has many in the security community wondering whether the hacktivist group was involved in the troubles of the NYSE today. The group, who were heavily involved in the Occupy Wall Street movement, would make a perfect culprit. This is to say that a move such as hacking the New York Stock Exchange would be perfectly in line with the kinds of activities that Anonymous would want to associate itself with. The fact that they mentioned the NYSE the day previous to a major blackout in trading there is a bit too serendipitous for many.
Whatever caused the overall outage was precipitated with a smaller issue described as a “gateway connection error” that only affected some symbols. Roughly an hour following that problem, the major outage took place, and trading of all symbols was halted.
As of this article, the exchange planned to re-open at 2:45PM eastern time, but had not yet openly described the cause of the outage.
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