Anonymous Threatens to 'Erase' NY Stock Exchange

But threat is a hoax, separate Anonymous faction claims
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 5, 2011 3:03 AM CDT
Updated Oct 5, 2011 6:33 AM CDT

(Newser) – Is Anonymous planning an attack on the New York Stock Exchange? A video supposedly from the hacking collective threatens to "erase" the NYSE next Monday, CNBC reports. "NYSE shall be erased from the Internet. On October 10, expect a day that will never, ever be forgotten," warns the video, posted on a channel that has been used for several messages supporting Occupy Wall Street protests. Supporters are urged to download a tool to launch a denial-of-service attack on the stock exchange's website.

Another message supposedly from Anonymous, however, says the call for an attack on the NYSE is a "fake planted operation by law enforcement and cybercrime agencies in order to get you to undermine the Occupy Wall Street movement," PC Magazine reports. The tool supporters are being asked to download has flaws that can expose a user's identity, the message warns, adding that if Anonymous were to attack the NYSE, the group wouldn't do it on Monday, when the markets will be closed for Columbus Day.

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