NASDAQ Stock Exchange Hacked

Nasdaq

The National Association of Securities Dealers (NASDAQ) has been hacked.  Nasdaq OMX spokes person Frank DeMaria said “suspicious files” were discovered on their servers during a standard security scan. Further investigation revealed that Nasdaq’s Director’s Desk system may have been affected.  The system that executes Nasdaq’s stock trades appears to be unaffected.

The FBI, Secret Service, federal investigators and The Hardy Boys are following the bread crumbs. Some unauthorized access has been traced to Russia, though Russian computers may have just been used as proxies.

A federal official told the Associated Press that the hacker(s) broke into the system several times over the past year.  No motive has been determined.

Nasdaq is the largest electronic based trading market in the United States and the second largest in the world.  About 3,200 companies from 37 counties are listed on the exchange.  About two billion shares are traded daily on it’s electronic platform.

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