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Both the New York Stock Exchange and United Airlines are shut down, both giving cryptic explanations related to technology.
On Twitter, news organization are clueless, simply echoing the statements that there are tech problems for NYSE and automation problems for United Airlines.
Here's the official statement from the NYSE website:
"NYSE/NYSE MKT has temporarily suspended trading in all symbols. Additional information will follow as soon as possible."
And here's a tweet from United Airlines:
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This is an odd, never before seen set of circumstances.
Could these two operations have been hacked?
The first response to my tweet raising the possibility of hacking:
Update: 7/8 1:04 PM EST from NYSE:
(1 of 3) The issue we are experiencing is an internal technical issue and is not the result of a cyber breach.
Update: CNN tweeted at 12:36 PM EST:
Homeland Security Dept. says there's no sign of malicious activity at #NYSE or with earlier United Airlines outage. http://cnnmon.ie/1NOIshg
And of course, we believe everything that Homeland Security tells us.
Here's are some questions. Would an airline or stock exchange admit to being hacked? What would the market think of an airline or a stock exchange that could be hacked. How would trust in the safety and reliability be affected? Would papa Obama decide that such news would be too damaging to the market, to air travel? (I've changed the categorization of this article from news to Op-Ed.)
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