NYSE Appears Unaffected By DDoS

A video posted on YouTube purportedly by hackers in the notorious hacking group Anonymous threatened a Monday shutdown of the New York Stock Exchange through DDoS (distributed denial-of-service) attack on their website.  The video begins dramatically with an eerie drumbeat, followed by some wierd chanting.  The website of the New York Stock Exchange slowed down significantly a couple of times on Monday afternoon, according to an Internet and mobile cloud monitoring company.

“Citizens of the world,” announces a creepy, prerecorded voice. “We are  Anonymous for too long. The crimes of Wall Street bankers, CEOs, and a corrupt  political system have created economic injustice that has gone  unchallenged.”

The video continues with references to the ongoing Occupy Wall Street protests.  (“We are the 99%,” etc.)  This new effort is called “Invade Wall Street,” and if we can believe a newly placed  message running alongside the video, “It is a fake planted operation by law  enforcement and cyber-crime agencies in order to get you to undermine the Occupy  Wall Street movement.”

I think they may have bitten off more than they can chew with this attack, and if DDoS’ing the NYSE website has any affect on markets, I would be very surprised.