Anonymous Messes With NYSE

Tech attack on stock exchange website lasts only a minute
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Suggested by ChrisBalogh
Posted Oct 11, 2011 2:45 AM CDT
Updated Oct 11, 2011 6:00 AM CDT
Anonymous hacktivists took down the New York Stock Exchange's web site yesterday, but only for about a minute.   (AP Photo/Henny Ray Abrams)
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(Newser) – Anonymous didn't exactly "erase" the New York Stock Exchange website yesterday—but the group may have messed with it, for about a minute. Anonymous called on its supporters to launch a "distributed denial of service" attack, which overwhelms website traffic. The NYSE website slowed before becoming unavailable for just over 60 seconds between 3:35pm and 3:37pm on a day of light trading because of the Columbus Day holiday, reports the Chicago Tribune.

Service was also slowed at other times in the afternoon. An exchange spokesman denied that Anonymous had any impact. "We detected no service outage on our corporate website," he said, adding that trades were not affected. The Anonymous action was taken in support of the Occupy Wall Street movement.

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