Hackers repeatedly penetrated Nasdaq computers this past year

Hackers have repeatedly been able to penetrate the computers which operate the Nasdaq Stock Market over the past year. Now, federal investigations have begun looking for who is responsible for it and what precisely their end goal is.

According to The Wall Street Journal, the people familiar with the investigations said that the computers that run Nasdaq's trading platform, which controls the trades by investors, were not compromised in any way but it was impossible to pinpoint exactly which other parts of the network were accessed. 

The Wall Street Journal's sources said that "[s]o far, [the perpetrators] appear to have just been looking around" and that, in respect to a computer network, this is 'the equivalent of someone sneaking into a house and walking around but... not taking or tampering with anything.'"

Secret Service and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), which are working to find who's behind the infiltration by reportedly opening an investigation with the New York-based Nasdaq OMX Group, are growing wary of the matter; they have tried to fix all security gaps and exploits but still remain unsure if it will work, since typically hackers find new ways to breach systems. Unfortunately, they have not been able to trace the intrusion to a specific country or individual, nor have they been able to ascertain a motive. Despite that fact, however, evidence trails to Russia as the source of the attacks even if the hackers could be using Russian computers to mask their actual location.

Nasdaq has declined to comment.

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Just makes you wonder if this is the first time. See usually companies are embarrassed to even admit and my the time they do. Who knows how many times it has occurred. So you wonder how accurate your stock quotes are. I am so confident my apple stock is worth 300 bucks. God forbid Jobs die. Stock will crash and burn.

My guess is that this is probably an inside job. They have the most to gain with something like this. It shouldn't/wouldn't be too difficult to compromise a whole lot of computers in Russia to do this kind of thing. It was probably somebody just messing around, or more likely working on some kind of an attack plan for future reference. Though it is doubtful that the FBI has a clue anyway.

azure.sapphire said,
My guess is that this is probably an inside job. They have the most to gain with something like this. It shouldn't/wouldn't be too difficult to compromise a whole lot of computers in Russia to do this kind of thing. It was probably somebody just messing around, or more likely working on some kind of an attack plan for future reference. Though it is doubtful that the FBI has a clue anyway.

Thanks for saying something remotely related to what the article was about.

oh and i love your theory, you happen to believe 9/11 was an inside job?

azure.sapphire said,
My guess is that this is probably an inside job. They have the most to gain with something like this. It shouldn't/wouldn't be too difficult to compromise a whole lot of computers in Russia to do this kind of thing. It was probably somebody just messing around, or more likely working on some kind of an attack plan for future reference. Though it is doubtful that the FBI has a clue anyway.

I am a conspiracy nut because I don't believe that China or Iran or even Russia are behind these attacks? It is really that hard to believe that someone in the private sector is not capable of comprising servers in Russia, and use them to attack computers here. Those with the most to gain would be those who have the most invested. It has nothing to do with any government. It could be a group of disgruntled employees, it could be someone that does contract work or it could be someone not in the United States at all.

"Secret Service and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), which are working to find who's behind the infiltration by reportedly opening an investigation with the New York-based Nasdaq OMX Group, are growing wary of the matter; they have tried to fix all security gaps and exploits but still remain unsure if it will work, since typically hackers find new ways to breach systems. Unfortunately, they have not been able to trace the intrusion to a specific country or individual, nor have they been able to ascertain a motive. Despite that fact, however, evidence trails to Russia as the source of the attacks even if the hackers could be using Russian computers to mask their actual location."

I have no idea where you got that I believe 911 was an inside job. I generally don't believe in any conspiracy. I think you really misunderstand what an "inside job" means.

What's with the mood anyway?

spartyjohnson said,

I appreciate this comment. You made me laugh. Much better than the stupid comments above.

Agreed. The jack ass posts up above are disappointing to see on Neowin.

Really People this is what message boards have come too? Why do we have to be so snarky all the time. Can we all just get along for just 1 day?

GeoNode said,
Really People this is what message boards have come too? Why do we have to be so snarky all the time. Can we all just get along for just 1 day?

+1

GeoNode said,
Really People this is what message boards have come too? Why do we have to be so snarky all the time. Can we all just get along for just 1 day?

Yep,
For the most part, this is exactly what most message boards have become. Everyone thinks they're always one step better than the next person.

Almost makes you wonder just how accurate the gains and losses really are on Nasdaq anymore?

GeoNode said,
Really People this is what message boards have come too? Why do we have to be so snarky all the time. Can we all just get along for just 1 day?

Discussion boards were far more civil when it was just a bunch of computer geeks on the Internet. Now every brat gets on here (while still ***tting their diapers) and posts garbage in various pidgins because they're too stupid or too lazy to use actual English. And I am talking about English-speakers, just to be crystal clear. AOL ruined discussion boards for the rest of us.

I bet it was the Chinese....based on no evidence other than when i think of computer hacker now i think of rows of cubicles containing hundreds of tied up chinese programmers

Co_Co said,
I bet it was the Chinese....based on no evidence other than when i think of computer hacker now i think of rows of cubicles containing hundreds of tied up chinese programmers

And when I think of Americans, I think of hundreds of fat people eating McDonalds. Aren't stereotypes awesome??

andrewbares said,

And when I think of Americans, I think of hundreds of fat people eating McDonalds. Aren't stereotypes awesome??

Yes.

andrewbares said,

And when I think of Americans, I think of hundreds of fat people eating McDonalds. Aren't stereotypes awesome??

Hey stop posting my thoughts on the internet.

andrewbares said,

And when I think of Americans, I think of hundreds of fat people eating McDonalds. Aren't stereotypes awesome??

Not really the stereotype of a chinese person that I would think of, I can think of much more common ones then that

neufuse said,

Not really the stereotype of a chinese person that I would think of, I can think of much more common ones then that


Uhhh no ****! It was meant for Americans....

andrewbares said,

And when I think of Americans, I think of hundreds of fat people eating McDonalds. Aren't stereotypes awesome??

Crazy how that works...when I think of Brits I think of a bunch of retarded, inbred snobs with nasty teeth.

Co_Co said,
I bet it was the Chinese....based on no evidence other than when i think of computer hacker now i think of rows of cubicles containing hundreds of tied up chinese programmers

Well, at least no one has said that when they think of Americans, they think of uneducated high school dropouts. Stereotypes really suck.