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Several doubts loom over yesterday's United, NYSE and WSJ outages

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Overall, yesterday started like any other ordinary business day. But then at around 8.30 AM EST, United Airlines said that all incoming and outgoing flights were all grounded due to a computer glitch.

This isn't the first time such an event happened at a major airline and it will probably happen again.

Then, and this is a lot worse, the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) suspended and halted all trading on its platform. The cause: another so-called computer glitch or malfunction of some type.

The NYSE was halted for about four long hours after trading resumed around 3.20 PM EST.

So far, this is the longest such major failure in the history of the world's oldest and largest stock exchange.

The U.S. SEC (Securities and Exchange Commission) then said that it was investigating the trading halt at the exchange and would report later on its findings.

Then, barely a few minutes later, the Wall Street Journal's (WSJ) website went down without any warning, and was apparently compromised. Nobody yet seems to know if it was attacked by a hacker or something similar.

At around noon, the SEC said that it didn't find any potential hacking attempt or security breach at the NYSE and that a computer malfunction was probably the root cause of the trading halt.

Then at around 2.00 PM EST the U.S. Department of Homeland Security said that both United Airlines' and the NYSE had both suffered a computer issue and that there were no apparent signs of mischief or computer tampering on both organizations.

We are still waiting for a comment from the WSJ on yesterday's site outage and/or any of its findings.

That those three major events all happened the same day and in such rapid succession leaves some people in the internet security field very puzzled. It might take a few weeks to better determine what happened exactly and what or who was at fault.

We will update you on this and other security news as they happen.

Source: The Internet-Security.ca Team.

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