Attackers have been able to repeatedly penetrate the network that runs the Nasdaq Stock Market over the past year, but as yet have not apparently compromised the trading system, according to the Wall Street Journal. The US Secret Service and the FBI are investigating the attacks.
“So far, [the perpetrators] appear to have just been looking around” claims a WSJ source. That in and of itself is not cause for dismissing the incidents outright. Many hackers, especially those involved in foreign espionage, will take their time, establish backdoor entry points, and ensure continued connectivity before striking on their intended target. The motives for the attacks are still unknown, and could range the gamut of national security, financial gain, or just plain old curiosity.