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Did Anonymous take down the NYSE? Some very amusing tweets suggest it's possible...

Account close to the hacktivists posts funny clips from "The Office" after warning the NYSE was in for a rough day


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Scott Eric Kaufman
July 8, 2015 10:52PM (UTC)

In the wake of the bizarre network failures that grounded United Airlines for hours, shut down the Wall Street Journal's website, and caused trading to be halted on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, more attention is being paid to a rather unsubtle tweet written by an account with ties to the hacktivist group Anonymous:

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For its part, the New York Stock Exchange denied that there had been "a cyber breach":

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To which Anonymous replied:

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Ironically, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson was delivering a speech today on the subject of cybersecurity:

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He acknowledged that he had spoken to the heads of all three entities who experienced a non-cybersecurity-related network failure today:

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The Internet, however, remains unconvinced:

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Or, at the very least, amused:

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Scott Eric Kaufman

Scott Eric Kaufman is an assistant editor at Salon. He taught at a university, but then thought better of it. Follow him at @scottekaufman or email him at skaufman@salon.com.

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