NASDAQ Comments On Hackers, Lack of Information

We wasn’t supposed to know about the penetration of NASDAQ‘s computer systems until the US government had finished their investigation – next week at the earliest, that is. But since the story popped in The Wall Street Journal, Saturday, the NASDAQ management could no longer keep quiet. After a consultation with the US Department of Justice, they have issued the following statement.

“Through our normal security monitoring systems we detected suspicious files on the US servers unrelated to our trading systems and determined that our web facing application Directors Desk was potentially affected.”

Adena Friedman/Vince Palmiere

Security is not what it used to be.

“Many of you may have read an article published in today’s Wall Street Journal which reports that computer hackers have penetrated our network. Below are facts behind the story,” the US stock exchange writes in a note to its clients.

“Through our normal security monitoring systems we detected suspicious files on the US servers unrelated to our trading systems and determined that our web facing application Directors Desk was potentially affected. We immediately conducted an investigation, which included outside forensic firms and US federal law enforcement. The files were immediately removed and at this point there is no evidence that any Directors Desk customer information was accessed or acquired by hackers. Our trading platform architecture operates independently from our web-facing services like Directors Desk and at no point was any of NASDAQ OMX’s operated or serviced trading platforms compromised.”


“Subsequently, the US Department of Justice requested that we refrain from providing notice to our customers until, at the earliest, February 14, 2011, in order to facilitate the continuing investigation. NASDAQ OMX was honoring the US Government’s request to delay notification, but when a story ran in the media on Saturday, February, 5, 2011, regarding a hacking incident at NASDAQ OMX, we immediately decided, in consultation with the authorities, that we must inform our constituents.”


“We continue to evaluate and enhance our advanced security controls to respond to the ever increasing global cyber threat and continue to devote extensive resources to further secure our systems. Cyber attacks against corporations and government occur constantly. NASDAQ OMX remains vigilant against such attacks. We have been working in cooperation with the Government’s ongoing investigations and have received their technical advice for which we are appreciative.”

As always, please don’t hesitate to contact us if needed.

Adena Friedman
Executive Vice President, Corporate Strategy and Chief Financial Officer

Vince Palmiere
Vice President, Investor Relations

Okay, but this rise a couple of another interesting questions:

Like: On which NASDAQ-unrelated US servers were the suspicious files detected?

And if I should give any advise to the NASDAQ people it would be to get a second opinion on the security issues, besides what they get from the US authorities.

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