NASDAQ OMX Reportedly Hacked
Larry Dignan writes on the ZDNet "Between The Lines" Blog:
Nasdaq OMX, which owns the stock exchange that lists numerous tech giants ranging from Intel to Microsoft to Cisco, has reportedly been hacked, but it’s unclear to what extent.
According to the Wall Street Journal, hackers have “repeatedly” hacked Nasdaq OMX computers. Nasdaq OMX runs the Nasdaq market. It’s early in a Federal investigation, but the Journal notes the following:
- The Nasdaq trading platform wasn’t compromised.
- Motives are unclear, but financial gain, theft and potential terrorism are all possibilities.
- The Feds consider hacking Nasdaq OMX the equivalent of messing with utilities or other key infrastructure.
- Hackers didn’t do anything nefarious, but just poked around.