New Zealand stock exchange hit by cyber attack for second day

You might be wondering “Why pick on New Zealand?” It’s probably about money, maybe about politics, perhaps just because of the wide coverage of the trial of the mosque killer…:

[…] The incident follows a number of alleged cyber attacks by foreign actors, such as the targeting of a range of government and private-sector organisations in Australia.

In a statement earlier on Wednesday, the NZX blamed Tuesday’s attack on overseas hackers, saying that it had “experienced a volumetric DDoS attack from offshore via its network service provider, which impacted NZX network connectivity”.

It said the attack had affected NZX websites and the markets announcement platform, causing it to call a trading halt at 3.57pm.

It said the attack had been “mitigated” and that normal market operations would resume on Wednesday, but this subsequent attack has raised questions about security.


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