Anonymous pledges to take down NYSE

CNN Money, By Laurie Segall, October 5, 2011

Can protesters crash the New York Stock Exchange’s website? Anonymous, a collection of online “hactivists,” wants to find out: It issued a call this weekend for a coordinated attack on NYSE.com. The message went out through a video on YouTube calling for a “DDoS attack” attack on the New York Stock Exchange’s site at 3:30 p.m. ET on October 10. That’s Columbus Day, a holiday for many U.S. workers, but the stock markets will be open for their usual trading house. The attack Anonymous is trying to organize is a “distributed denial of service” attack, which directs a flood of traffic to a website and temporarily crashes it by overwhelming its servers. It’s a favorite tool of Anonymous, which has used the tactic successfully against many sites including MasterCard.com and Visa.com, but it doesn’t involve any hacking or security breaches. A successful DDoS attack might crash the New York Stock Exchange’s website, but it wouldn’t affect the exchange’s far more important stock trading platform. http://money.cnn.com/2011/10/05/technology/anonymous_nyse_attack/index.htm

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