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.