Russian hackers managed to slip a “digital bomb” into the Nasdaq — one with the potential to sabotage the stock market’s computers and wreak havoc on the U.S. economy.
That’s according to an investigative report by Bloomberg Businessweek, which revealed the details of a 2010 cybergrenade that never detonated.
Although it had been reported previously that hackers had snooped around the Nasdaq’s computer network, specific information about the attack had remained secret until this week.
Hackers broke into Nasdaq’s network four years ago with custom-made malware that had the potential to spy and steal data. But it could also cause digital destruction, potentially disrupting Nasdaq’s computer system.
It’s still unclear who the attackers were. A federal official briefed on the investigation said the FBI has not developed enough evidence to conclude a foreign government was responsible behind the hack.
George Venizelos, the FBI’s New York assistant director in charge, explained in a statement to CNNMoney that the agency is still investigating the break-in.
Bloomberg’s story points its finger at the Russian government, which Russia called “pure nonsense.” Yevgeniy Khorishko, the Washington embassy’s press secretary, said there was nothing more to say about the matter.
Source: CNN Money |