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A hacker group’s threat to erase the New York Stock Exchange from the Internet proved empty today as the biggest U.S. stock trading venue said its website functioned without interruption.
Users saw occasional delays logging on to NYSE.com in the afternoon, around the time the Anonymous collective said its attack was to begin. The exchange operator said there were no outages and declined to comment on the company’s security measures, Rich Adamonis, a spokesman for New York-based NYSE Euronext (NYX), said. Anonymous posted a message on YouTube earlier this month declaring war on the exchange to protest the arrests of Wall Street protesters.
The failed attack could be the result of the time the NYSE security team had to prepare, the weaknesses in the group from the arrests, or both, said E.J. Hilbert, president of Online Intelligence and a former FBI cyber-crime specialist.
“It’s like four 9-pound weaklings running into a Sumo wrestler,” Hilbert said. “If you don’t have enough people behind an event like this, it’s just a spike in traffic as far as NYSE is concerned.”
Originally posted by ThorsBrother
Anonymous said it was a hoax and that it wasn't actually a threat from them but someone else.