It seems that hacking groups set their sights even higher each time they threaten to launch a cyberattack. It started last year with incidents against credit card companies blocking donations to the whistleblower site WikiLeaks and continued into the spring with a widespread attack on Sony's PlayStation Network.
Now it seems that hackers are planning to disrupt the services of an even more well-known target – the New York Stock Exchange. Individual hackers believed to be associated with the hacking group Anonymous posted a message on YouTube recently vowing to take the NYSE's Web site offline on October 10.
It is believed that the cyberattack would be launched along with the "Occupy Wall Street" protests that have swept through New York and other cities around the nation lately. However, according to Bloomberg, Anonymous is denying its involvement in any potential Internet security incident.
A post on Anonnews.org said the attack cannot be confirmed due to the fluid nature of the hacking group. It also hinted that the threat may have been planted by authorities "in order to discredit Anonymous and Occupy Wall Street,” according to Bloomberg.
"It is a fake planted operation by law enforcement and cybercrime agencies in order to get you to undermine the Occupy Wall Street movement. You must take all notices and information claiming to be 'Anonymous' with a grain of salt. Consider EVERYTHING [sic]," read a posting on Pastebin under the Anonymous banner, according to InformationWeek.
Included on NYSE.com are press releases, trading notices, trading rules and bylaws and information on companies listed on the exchange. According to experts, trading would remain unaffected should the Web site be knocked offline because of a cyberattack. Those systems are housed and run separately in a data center located in Mahwah, New Jersey, according to Bloomberg. The center is equipped with robust data security measures.
Still, the threats reveal that hackers will continue their brazen attempts to impact some of the most well-known organizations around the world. Companies shouldn't take any chances and are advised to prepare their data protection measures ahead of time.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation recently made arrests in the Sony data breach case, months after the confidential information of some 70 million PlayStation Network users was compromised. Authorities announced they had arrested 23-year-old Cody Kretsinger on September 22. Kretsinger is an alleged member of the Lulz Security hacking group that led the attack against Sony.
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