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xchrom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 06:29 AM
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Exclusive: NSA helps banks battle hackers
http://uk.reuters.com/article/2011/10/27/us-cybersecuri...

(Reuters) - The National Security Agency, a secretive arm of the U.S. military, has begun providing Wall Street banks with intelligence on foreign hackers, a sign of growing fears of financial sabotage.

The assistance from the agency that conducts electronic spying overseas is part of an effort by American banks and other financial firms to get help from the U.S. military and private defense contractors to fend off cyber attacks, according to interviews with U.S. officials, security experts and defense industry executives.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has also warned banks of particular threats amid concerns that hackers could potentially exploit security vulnerabilities to wreak havoc across global markets and cause economic mayhem.

While government and private sector security sources are reluctant to discuss specific lines of investigations, they paint worst-case scenarios of hackers ensconcing themselves inside a bank's network to disable trading systems for stocks, bonds and currencies, trigger flash crashes, initiate large transfers of funds or turn off all ATM machines.
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krispos42 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 07:34 AM
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1. More socialism, I see.
Seems to me that those banks can afford all the private security they need. I mean, they're so keen on the taxpayers hiring contractors, right?


And I like how hackers aren't allowed to spread global financial mayhem and havoc... but the bankers are.
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Aerows Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 07:37 AM
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2. Thank you!
They can't pay taxes, and are always looking for loopholes, they can pay for their own security!
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xchrom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 07:37 AM
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3. indeed. nt
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