One or more Internet users claiming to be the digital activist group known as Anonymous Hackers said overnight that it intends to take down the New York Stock Exchange’s public web site next week.
The activist or activists posted two videos overnight to YouTube that assert a raid will take place on the New York Stock Exchange “on Govt and federal agencies
On October 10, NYSE shall be erased from the Internet. On October 10, expect a day that shall never, ever be forgot,’’ said the video “message to the media.”
That video says the raid will target the Internet domain www.nyse.com at 3:30 p.m. on October 10.
That is a public Web site with news about NYSE Euronext, the parent company of the New York Stock Exchange. It is not a securities trading site or part of the actual trading operations of the New York Stock Exchange or other venues operated by NYSE Euronext.
Those operations are housed in a secure, off-the-public-grid data center in Mahwah, N.J.
A video addressed separately to the “brave citizens of New York” appears to link the planned raid to the Occupy Wall Street protests undertaken in recent weeks “by thousands of people” decrying an increasing divergence of wealth and the bailout of financial institutions during the credit crisis of 2008 and 2009.
The activists liken the abuse to ‘modern-day fascism’ and say that average citizens have provided a “multibillion dollar credit line to the companies and banks that continue to systematically abuse us.”
“This is our chance to show them the people will not allow this to continue,” the video to the people asserts.
-- This article first appeared on Securities Technology Monitor.