Russian malware infiltrated the Nasdaq stock exchange, says Businessweek

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Bloomberg Businessweek report has revealed that the CIA, NSA, and other agencies spent months investigating a major malware attack on Nasdaq, revealing the stock exchange’s vulnerability. In 2010, the FBI picked up hints that an intruder had compromised Nasdaq’s central servers. After looking closer, experts realized that the malware wasn’t meant for surveillance — it was potentially capable of disrupting trading or even, in the NSA’s opinion, “wiping out the entire exchange.”

While Nasdaq had apparently detected some kind of problem, it had not reported it, and government investigators found a mess of earlier, apparently undetected intrusions. “Agents found the tracks of several different groups operating freely, some of which may…

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