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[ISN] Anonymous-Backed Attacks Took Nasdaq Website Offline
By Mathew J. Schwartz
February 16, 2012
The websites of the Nasdaq and BATS stock exchanges, together with the
Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE), were offline earlier this week
after a hacktivist group with apparent Anonymous ties targeted them with
distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks. But while customers were
intermittently unable to use some of the exchanges' websites, all said
that their trading systems weren't affected.
The attacks had been previewed the day before they were launched. In a
post to Pastebin, a group calling itself "the 'L0NGwave99' cyber group"
said Sunday it was going to launch "Operation Digital Tornado" in
support of the "99% movement" Monday at 9 a.m. New York time. A later
message promised the same for Tuesday.
"The NASDAQ stock exchange besides a number of U.S. stock markets are
going to face some problems and may need maintenance," said the
L0NGwave99 statement, which promised to launch DDoS-driven takedowns
against www.nasdaq.com, www.batstrading.com (BATS), www.cboe.com (CBOE),
and www.ms4x.com (the Miami Stock Exchange).
"Will anybody be able to stop the people?s (sic) storm of seeking
justice against the liar and deceptive Capitalism-Liberalism? Soon we
will see..." read the group's statement.
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