NYSE.com suffers blips as Anonymous takes aim

CNN Money, By David Goldman, October 10, 2011

Anonymous’ call for a massive attack on the New York Stock Exchange’s website was met Monday — but very, very briefly. A group calling itself Anonymous, a name used by disparate groups of online “hactivists,” threatened to take down NYSE.com at 3:30 p.m. ET today as an extension of the “Occupy Wall Street” demonstrations that have continued into a fourth week.  The website was slow and then unavailable from about 3:35 p.m. to around 3:37 p.m, after which it returned to normal. Keynote, a mobile and Internet monitoring company, confirmed that NYSE.com slowed down during that time. It also measured widespread disruptions to the site between 5:30 p.m. and 5:55 p.m. Another tracking site, AlertSite, measured “a definite increase in response times from 3:45 p.m. to 4 p.m. ET.” After that, the site returned to normal. Monitoring site downforeveryoneorjustme.com also registered a series of brief outages.  But Rich Adamonis, a spokesman from the NYSE, rebutted the monitoring sites’ findings. “We detected no service outage on our corporate website at that time,” he said. In a message that went out in early October through a video on YouTube, the group called for a “distributed denial of service” (DDoS) attack, which directs a flood of traffic to a website and temporarily crashes it by overwhelming its servers. It doesn’t actually involve any hacking or security breaches, and would have no effect on NYSE’s stock-trading systems.  http://money.cnn.com/2011/10/10/technology/anonymous_nyse/index.htm

 

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