Were the DoS attacks on Nasdaq and Bats the first wave of a greater assault to come?
I'm in the media, but—call it Schadenfreude—I love it when the media gets something wrong.
A prime example this week was the reported "hacking" of the Nasdaq and Bats exchanges. A hacker is, by Merriam-Webster's definition, a person who illegally gains access to—and sometimes tampers with—information in a computer system. Basically, hackers try to get information that is of value to them.
From what I understand, no information was stolen and no trading operations were affected. Rather, the hackers initiated denial-of-service (DoS) attacks on the exchanges' websites. While all hacks are technically attacks, not all attacks are hacks. Got it? Good.
And, quite frankly, there is nothing that a company can do to prevent a DoS attack. They are simply an unwanted side effect of the wonderful World Wide Web.
But what these episodes have proven is that the threat of cyber-crime is a real one. And events like these make board members at hedge funds nervous about the cloud.
The doomsayers are left to wonder whether these DoS attacks represent the first wave in a coming assault—a feeling-out stage, if you will. Or are they simply blips—minor inconveniences without much else at play?
I say this is the first shot across the bow, because it makes for a better story and after all, we journalists have to put up with being labeled hacks of a different sort.
What do you think? As always, shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or give me a call at 646-490-3973.
More from Buy Side Technology
Updating your subscription status
Work with us on your Integrated Marketing Campaigns
WatersTechnology offers a full range of custom research, surveys, webcasts, video and whitepapers for firms looking to demonstrate thought-leadership through their marketing campaigns and generate sales leads.
The over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives market is in the midst of a global regulatory restructure. Authorities in Europe, Asia and the US are currently...
A fast, flexible and reliable investment decision-making process must be based on access to accurate and consistent information throughout an organization....