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Anonymous plans to take down New York Stock Exchange

Or... not quite?

It seems that Occupy Wall Street eventually got the attention of hacktivists too. According to a video allegedly released by Anonymous, the NYSE “shall be erased from the Internet” on Oct. 10. A digital flier apparently backs up the story.

However, another message on a content-sharing platform claims the upcoming attack should be “taken with a grain of salt”, as the so-called operation Invade Wall Street is nothing more than “bullshit”. Or, in other words, a mischievous plan concocted “by law enforcement and cyber crime agencies in order to get you to undermine the Occupy Wall Street movement”.

As I’ve pointed out in a previous post, Anonymous has to deal – once again – with the same fundamental issue deriving from its key characteristic, i. e. anonymity (please excuse my redundancy). It has happened before and it’s most likely that concurrent and contradictory statements supposedly pertaining to the same “hacking label” will keep on being broadcast in the absence of a recognized group leader/spokesperson.

One way or another, as a commentator of the previously mentioned video has emphasized, if Anonymous is planning to take down only the Web site of NYSE, the damage arising from this attack will be limited to the impossibility of getting stock information, while trading will go on as usual. “This is purely symbolic, because it will, hypothetically, get some media coverage. Taking down the website isn’t going to hurt our 401ks.” Will this suffice to make a difference?

Safe surfing everybody!

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Răzvan LIVINTZ

With a humanities passion and background (BA and MA in Comparative Literature at the Faculty of Letters, University of Bucharest) - complemented by an avid interest for the IT world and its stunning evolution, I joined in the autumn of 2003 the chief editors' team from Niculescu Publishing House, as IT&C Chief Editor, where (among many other things) I coordinated the Romanian version of the well-known SAMS Teach Yourself in 24 Hours series. In 2005 I accepted two new challenges and became Junior Lecturer at the Faculty of Letters (to quote U2 - "A Sort of Homecoming") and Lead Technical Writer at BluePhoenix Solutions.

After leaving from BluePhoenix in 2008, I rediscovered "all that technical jazz" with the E-Threat Analysis and Communication Team at BitDefender, the creator of one of the industry's fastest and most effective lines of internationally certified security software. Here I produce a wide range of IT&C security-related content, from malware, spam and phishing alerts to technical whitepapers and press releases. Every now and then, I enjoy scrutinizing the convolutions of e-criminals' "not-so-beautiful mind" and, in counterpart, the new defensive trends throughout posts on www.hotforsecurity.com.

Balancing the keen and until late in night (please read "early morning") reading (fiction and comparative literature studies mostly) with Internet "addiction", the genuine zeal for my bright and fervid students with the craze for the latest discoveries in science and technology, I also enjoy taking not very usual pictures (I'm not a pro, but if you want to see the world through my lenses, here are some samples http://martzipan.blogspot.com), messing around with DTP programs to put out some nifty book layouts and wacky t-shirts, roaming the world (I can hardly wait to come back in the Big Apple), and last but not least, driving my small Korean car throughout the intricacies of our metropolis's traffic.

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