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Hackers breach Nasdaq; trading systems not affected

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February 15, 2011
Cyber Security, FedCyber Wire
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via SC Magazine

Hackers have infiltrated the computer systems of the company that operates the Nasdaq stock exchange, the organization confirmed on Saturday.

Nasdaq OMX, a New York-based public company that owns and operates the Nasdaq, as well as seven European stock exchanges, said it detected suspicious files on its U.S.-based servers and immediately conducted an investigation that included outside forensic firms and U.S. federal law enforcement.

The suspicious files have been removed, and there is no evidence that any customer information was accessed or acquired by hackers.

The part of the system that handles trades was not affected by the breach, the company said in a statement. An investigation determined that a web-based dashboard application, called Directors Desk, which is used by corporate executives to share confidential documents, was potentially affected.

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