Monday, October 10, 2011

Anonymous renews its threat to NYSE---with updated update: Nothing happened except for a minute disruption (or maybe more)

ABC news reports that Anonymous renewed its threat to take down the NYSE via a hacking attack today:

Anonymous, the loosely-organized group of computer hackers that has taken credit for many of the world's most visible protests, has threatened to "erase" the New York Stock Exchange from the Internet today.

However, a YouTube video posted on Saturday, using a computer-generated voice, said, "Many people refuse to accept that Operation Invade Wall Street is a reality. ... I am here to clarify that factions of Anonymous are going with the operation. Other factions are opposing it."
The voice, flat and idiomatic, concluded, "Those who are going to be part of the attack have a message to the NYSE: We have you because we don't like you. We are all anonymous. We are all one legion. We do not forgive. We do not forget. NYSE, expect those of us who plan to destroy you."
The video (below) was posted Saturday:

Update: Well, if by Oct. 10 they meant today, and if they meant to disrupt trading today on NYSE by making it go poof, it didn't happen. Nothing disruptive happened today, except for that fire in New Jersey, which didn't disrupt anything significant. I guess you just can't trust anonymous threats on the internet delivered by masked images with computerized voices. Whodda thunk it?

Updated update: Well, the earlier update is not entirely correct. The NYSE was disrupted for about a minute around 3:30 this afternoon, and then maybe for longer later:

The website was slow and then unavailable from about 3:35 p.m. to around 3:37 p.m, after which it returned to normal. Keynote, a mobile and Internet monitoring company, confirmed that slowed down during that time. It also measured widespread disruptions to the site between 5:30 p.m. and 5:55 p.m.

Another tracking site, AlertSite, measured "a definite increase in response times from 3:45 p.m. to 4 p.m. ET." After that, the site returned to normal. Monitoring site also registered a series of brief outages.

But Rich Adamonis, a spokesman from the NYSE, rebutted the monitoring sites' findings.

"We detected no service outage on our corporate website at that time," he said.

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