The NYSE, flights of United Airlines and the Wall Street Journal all suffered from “technical glitches” on July 8, the same day that the Chinese Stock market plummeted. The U.S. government denies a cyber attack, but a McAfee security expert believes the timing of the incidents is suspicious.
Three major American corporations suffered technical difficulties at the same time, in what Wired has called a cyber-armageddon.
The New York Stock Exchange claimed the problem that caused a halt to stock trading for more than three hours was an “internal technical issue” and “not the result of a cyber breach,” while the Department of Homeland Security told CNN there is “no sign of malicious activity” at the NYSE, or in the earlier outage experienced by United Airlines.
Security experts, including the controversial McAfee expert and an anonymous “Intel analyst,” however, are not so sure.
John McAfee published an article on SiliconANGLE detailing his suspicions and surface research, arguing that:
“To determine whether a system as large as the one used by the NYSE has been hacked or not, cannot possibly be determined in a matter of hours. Every programmer, every systems engineer and every employee of an IT department in the world understands this well.”
He points to a the hack against the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM), which was ongoing for a year before someone noticed. “Most hacks are never noticed unless purposely looked for — a time consuming, costly and tedious process,” he said, adding, “I truly believe that the upper management of most large corporations and most bureaucrats, directors and politicians within our world governments do not understand this basic truth of the cyber world.”
Furthermore, based on his own research, McAfee says, “The Dark Web was rife with communications among a small group of people (allegedly members of Anonymous) congratulating themselves on a job well done on Wall Street.”
Several tweets have surfaced from Anonymous cells on twitter, but none have claimed responsibility.