Anonymous Threatens New York Stock Exchange Attack

October 5, 2011
Cyber Security, FedCyber Wire, Financial
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A video that purports to be from the Anonymous hacktivist collective has called for a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack to be launched against the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE).

“On October 10, NYSE shall be erased from the Internet, expect a day that will never, ever, be forgotten,” according to a “message to the people” video posted to the AnonMessage YouTube channel on Friday. As with previous Anonymous communications, the video sports stirring music, stark visuals, and narration by a disembodied, synthesized voice. It also proposes using the Low-Orbit Ion Cannon (LOIC) DDoS tool, which is an open source network stress testing application, as “an option,” but recommends that users “anonymize” themselves first. It also says that “we will have other (more powerful) means of taking down NYSE.”

The FBI said it’s investigating the Anonymous call to online arms. “The FBI is aware of these schemes and threats and is looking into the matter,” FBI spokesman Tim Flannelly told

via InformationWeek, continued here.