Tuesday, 26 April 2016

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The website of the New York Stock Exchange slowed down significantly twice on Monday afternoon, the day when the hacker group Anonymous was scheduled to launch a DDoS (distributed denial-of-service) attack on the website, according to an Internet and mobile cloud monitoring company.

But the attack was half-hearted and was supported by only a section of Anonymous. It also reflected the confusion that can prevail in an organization that is said not to have a centralized structure.

“We did measure the site from 10 U.S. cities and all our measurements went south at 2:30 p.m.,” said Daniel C. Berkowitz, a spokesman at Keynote Systems in San Mateo, 

California.Berkowitz said that the NYSE web site became so slow between 2:30 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. Pacific Time “that for all intents and purposes it was unavailable/unusable by visitors”. Keynote also observed a very severe slow-down at 12:30 p.m. that lasted one minute, about the time that Anonymous said the attack would occur.

“This did not affect trades, (but) simply the ability to get to the homepage of the New York Stock Exchange website,” he added.

Keynote said it wasn’t clear whether the slowing down of the NYSE site was the result of a DDoS attack.

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