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Feb072011

FBI and DOJ Investigate NASDAQ Computer Hacking

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NASDAQ released a statement Monday confirming the intrusions into their Director’s Desk program, which was reported by The Wall Street Journal over the weekend.  The investigation into who installed malware onto the system has been ongoing for over a year.

According to law enforcement officials, the investigation was initiated by the U.S. Secret Service but is now being headed by the FBI’s Cyber Division at FBI Headquarters. The Justice Department’s Computer Crimes and Intellectual Property Section is also involved in the ongoing investigation. 
 
Officials are unsure who installed the programs and what their intent was, but there is speculation the program allowed the designers of the software to see what items and messages were being shared via the Director Desk platform.

The NASDAQ’s stock trading computers were not breached and Director’s Desk is a relatively small system that is offered by NASDAQ with about 10,000 users worldwide.

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