A group calling themselves L0NGWave99 has threatened a denial of service attack against the externally facing NYSE website. This attack is in support of the “great and rooted 99% movement,” and will include attacks against other exchanges’ externally facing websites as well.
Two thoughts on this. First, is it that big of a deal to DDoS the externally facing NYSE site? While having that site unavailable (in the worst case) would be bad publicity, it doesn’t actually disrupt any markets. Second, the fact that the 99% movement has gone cyber is quite interesting to me. I’m not very political at all, but I’ve been watching with interest the 99% movement. While I understand the frustration these people have, I am struggling to understand their path to solving the problems.
There may have been some other cyber attacks associated with the 99% movement. For example, the attack against the BART system in response to removing wireless access on the train line. But that was in August. At the time I thought we’d see a lot more from Anonymous and other 99%ers. Maybe there were things I missed when I was on maternity leave?