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  •  Depends what they go after... (8+ / 0-)

    If they're just trying to take down, big whoop.  

    If they're trying to takedown the backend servers controlling web-based trading transactions, then this could be a big deal.  I would be mighty impressed, as the pipes going to these servers would take quite a hefty load before they'd be brought down.

    I hope they succeed... at least my 401k would stop dropping!

    •  I think most of those networks are separate (5+ / 0-)

      I used to work with someone who was involved in setting up one of the big connections between the markets in NYC and LA.  From what he described, it sounded like it was a completely separate dedicated network.  I don't think the transaction data actually passes over open networks, so I imagine nothing short of physical interference with the cables would bring it down, though I could certainly be wrong. ;-)

      If they actually succeeded in doing that, the consequences would indeed be disastrous, but I suspect they're referring to public facing web sites instead, which would be entertaining but of minimal consequence.  There's also the possibility that some transaction data does go out over public networks even if much of it does not, so attacking those point could have an effect even though probably limited.

      I guess we'll find out next Monday (incidentally, my first day at my new job). ;-)

      •  Anything with internet connectivity = DOS'able (2+ / 0-)
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        Lisa Lockwood, concernedamerican

        Think, for instance.. e-trade/other trading websites.   These sites submit trades to NYSE, likely through a server/router that can be at least seen from the internet, so there's an IP address somewhere that can be attacked at the bottleneck.  

        Essentially, NYSE must have some kind of interface that can be attacked, and I'm guessing that's what Anonymous is going after.

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