10 Oct 2011

Anonymous hacking group vows to attack New York Stock Exchange

Infamous hacking group Anonymous has allegedly threatened to attack the New York Stock Exchange's website in support of the Occupy Wall Street, according to news sources. With the news of the threat, NYSE employees may want to ramp up internet security in the coming days.

Messages supposedly posted by members of the group said they will "erase" the NYSE from the internet in retaliation for arrests that took place at the protest. The first threat was made last week as demonstrators took the streets for the protest in New York. A YouTube video was later posted over the weekend after the NYSE appeared to not mind the first warning.

"Many people refuse to accept that Operation Invade Wall Street is a reality," a computer-generated voice says in the video, according to news sources. "I am here to clarify that factions of Anonymous are going with the operation. Other factions are opposing it."

Internet security threats from the group often revolve around political and social issues, and that seems to be the case here as well. While the NYSE can't stop an attempt to hack their webs, it can make an attempt to ramp up security and antivirus software if it chooses to take Anonymous' threat seriously.