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An internal denial of service attack against the Russian stock market took it down for over an hour on Thursday

As computer security experts patiently waited for the Kama Sutra worm to strike computers on February 3, a different attack occurred against the Russian stock exchange and temporarily took it offline.  The denial-of-service caused the Russian Trading System (RTS) to stop trading for over an hour last Thursday.  It appears that a hacker gained access to a local machine connected to the network of the RTS, and then launched the DoS attack.

"While all the world was in a frenzy over the damp squib that was Nyxem, this attack infiltrated the RTS and could have potentially given hackers access to their systems.  A virus which can disrupt a stock exchange can have obvious financial consequences, as well as harm the important credibility of an institution in the public's eye."




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