July 8, 2015 10:06 PM
(CBS) — It’s been a high-tech nightmare in the financial, and airline industries today because of separate glitches.
Trading was halted at the New York Stock Exchange for 3 1/2 hours after what has been described as an “internal problem.” Trading later resumed, with sizeable losses.
This was followed by temporary trouble accessing the Wall Street Journal’s website, and a flood of conspiracy theories on social media about a coordinated hack attack.
But before all this happened, United Airlines grounded flights across the country for nearly two hours, because of what they call a “router issue.”
CBS 2’s Mike Parker reports in every one of these incidents, it was computer technology breakdowns, not a hostile set of attacks. But one local expert says more of those are sure to come and we should be ready.
With the outages at the NYSE and United Airlines, some people wonder if this brave but vulnerable new world of computers could be open to a much bigger failure: a major enemy hack attack.
Anonymous issued cryptic tweet on eve of NYSE suspension
New York trading was suspended around 11:30 a.m. Wednesday due to a “technical issue,” the exchange said in a statement posted to Twitter.
The Department of Homeland Security said there was no indication the NYSE had been hacked, according to Bloomberg and CNN. The exchange said the glitch could not be attribute to “a cyber breach.”
“The issue we are experiencing is an internal technical issue and is not the result of a cyber breach,” it said in another statement. “We chose to suspend trading on NYSE to avoid problems arising from our technical issue. NYSE-listed securities continue to trade unaffected on other market centers.”
The White House said President Obama had been briefed on the issue. Earlier in the day, United Airlines briefly grounded all of its flights due to a systemwide failure.
Anonymous has previously targeted Wall Street and made headlines in 2011 when it threatened to “destroy” the New York Stock Exchange.
The message could also be seen as an allusion to economic unrest in China and Greece, which has contributed to global market turmoil in recent days. U.S. stocks saw modest losses in the early hours of trading Wednesday.