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    Breaking Alert: Massive Cyber Attack May Be Under Way: NYSE Halts Stock Trading, FAA Grounds United Airlines Over “Technical Issues”

    Mac Slavo
    July 8th, 2015
    SHTFplan.com
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    Technical glitches this morning are raising homeland security concerns. Though it is not yet clear if the events are related, two separate technical incidents have led to problems in the computer systems that control stock market trading on the NYSE and automation on airlines owned by United.

    At 11:30 AM Eastern time the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) halted trading after reports that a “technical issue” was causing problems with the normal flow of trade.

    The exchange said in a statement that it was experiencing a “technical issue” that it was working to resolve as quickly as possible.

    “We’re currently experiencing a technical issue that we’re working to resolve as quickly as possible,” a spokeswoman for the NYSE said in a statement. “We will be providing further updates as soon as we can, and are doing our utmost to produce a swift resolution, communicate thoroughly and transparently, and ensure a timely and orderly market re-open.”

    Before trading was halted, U.S. indexes were lower as investors worried about China’s ability to stem a stock market slide.  (ABC News)

    An hour prior to the NYSE being taken offline the Federal Aviation Commission (FAA) halted flights of all United Airlines passenger airliners across the United States, citing similar problems as the NYSE.

    United Airlines flights were temporarily halted nationwide this morning after the FAA said a computer glitch — something it called “automation issues” — forced planes to be grounded.

    The FAA’s Air traffic Control System Command Center reported that planes have been grounded at all airports, although the system slowly returned back to normal.

    United Airlines, which is based in Chicago, said, “We experienced a network connectivity issue this morning. We are working to resolve this and apologize to our customers for any inconvenience.” (ABC News)

    According to law enforcement officials and representatives from United, the problems were not the result of a hacking issue. The New York Stock Exchange is still halted as of this writing and no specific reason for the outage has been provided.

    Department of Homeland Security officials have yet to speak on the matter, and it is not clear if the events have officially been tied together or if they are being treated as separate incidents.

    It could be a coincidence, but should America ever come under a widespread cyber attack it might look just like what we are seeing this morning, with critical systems in a variety of industries being attack nearly simultaneously.

    In 2013 outgoing Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano warned that a cyber attack on the United States is imminent and that a coordinated attack could leave Americans scrambling for supplies if hackers targeted transportation and commerce systems, both of which appear to be having problems this morning.

    Though a cyber attack remains a distinct possibility with officials keeping it hush-hush so as to prevent widespread panic, another possibility is that an entity, whether foreign or domestic, is testing cyber-based weapons.

    Last year it was speculated that Russian bombers off America’s west coast may have been responsible for regional problems that led to a total crash of the LAX air traffic control system, but an official statement from the military indicated it was caused by the flyover of a U.S.-owned spy plane.

    The Department of Homeland Security has acknowledged that gaping holes exist in America’s cyber infrastructure and security engineers have confirmed that taking America offline would not be a very difficult task to accomplish:

    If you think that our multi-billion dollar electrical power grids are secure and capable of withstanding a coordinated attack, think again.

    According to one group of engineers, the grid is so vulnerable that it wouldn’t even require a skilled hacker to compromise. In fact, when Adam Crain and Chris Sistrunk decided to test some new software they were developing they identified a vulnerability so serious that it could literally blind operational controllers to such an extent that they would be locked out of monitoring systems and unable to maintain grid integrity.

    The consequences, according to the engineers who note they are in no way security specialists, could be a total downing of the national power grid with nodes across the nation being taken over all at once. Moreover, the same systems used to maintain the U.S. power grid are also being used in other industries, like water treatment facilities.

    Source: Massive Vulnerability Detected In National Power Grids: “There Is No Way to Stop This”

    In response to the possible threat of a takeover or downing of America’s power and cyber grids, President Obama signed an Executive Order earlier this year authorizing the government to seize all physical equipment and virtual nodes in the event of a cyber emergency.

    Such an emergency would probably start like what we saw this morning, with critical industries being taken down one-by-one.

    This report is developing and will be updated as new information becomes available…

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    1. Satori says:

      even if this is the result of a cyber attack

      it is highly unlikely the government will identify it as such

      • Kfilly says:

        Satori, I disagree. The government will claim it was cyberattack so that they can implement measures to protect us. Those protective measures will just crush more freedom. It was probably our own government that did this anyway.

      • eppe says:

        I know between 8-10am, our servers in TX shut down.
        Sux, since we have lots of projects running…

        • Nopittypartyhere says:

          My aunt works for a company that supplies components for infrastructure of major industry. Think oil and gas. She was receiving faxes all day for orders because computers were down in these major corps in Houston and Throughout colorado. When I told her of the news about NYSE, UAL, etc she told me about these outages. I find it interesting.

        • The Old Coach says:

          Curiously, my HughesNet satellite link went down for a couple of hours around suppertime (eastern time zone).

          No weather in the area to account for it, no sign of solar weather, either.

      • Rodster says:

        I’m sure the US Gubmint will find a way to blame it on Boris and Natasha.

      • dickNcider says:

        Don’t be surprised if the US & Israel blame Russia, China, Iran, Syria, or North Korea for this. It seems to be a pattern with these two losers to blame others for their own sabotaging efforts.

      • Enemy of the State says:

        thats because the government did this .. the market was crashing like a rock , so they had to have a “technical difficulty” to stop the bleeding

        games up folks if your paying attention

      • Wee Liam says:

        There was no “cyber attack”. This is just a smokescreen to conceal short-selling and derivative bets on AU stocks falling…

      • Hugh Janus says:

        If it was an attack, it was probably carried out by the US government.

      • papajims says:

        “Last year it was speculated that Russian bombers off America’s west coast may have been responsible for regional problems that led to a total crash of the LAX air traffic control system, but an official statement from the military indicated it was caused by the flyover of a U.S.-owned spy plane.” hmmm , this past weekend July the fourth between ten and eleven am est. Russian bombers again flew right up to our air space on the coast of California and we had to scramble up some fighters. somethings going on . we’re a WAR people !

      • TheTruth says:

        just a martial law drill mate, Obummer signed an order last week placing America in a state of permanent martial law.

        This was just a Warm Up Session

      • TheTruth says:

        just a martial law drill mate, Obummer signed an order last week placing America in a state of permanent martial law.

        This was just a Warm Up Session

    2. Bill G says:

      If anyone will get to the bottom of this it will be Zerohedge.com

      BTW….they got taken down also!!

    3. Stolz Vorfahren says:

      I wonder what the pigs do when their farm is temporary closed.

    4. nicholas fowler says:

      my suspicions it is being done by operatives connected to some US government agency.. a possible cyber false flag, maybe connected with the impending breakdown and crashing of the world financial system, maybe will be used as a pretext to stomp on the freedom of the internet…..no doubt the criminals in London, Washington, Tel Aviv are implicated somewhere

    5. rednek101 says:

      If the Dow drops by more than pts, NYSE can halt trading.They do this to give a cool down period. A lot of the value of stocks etc… is psychological. Arbitrary value. By cancelling all the orders, they stopped the stampede. Gave the herd time to calm down. IMHO

      http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-07-08/new-york-stock-exchange-suspends-trading-in-all-securities

    6. Momma D says:

      Something smells fishy……our internet freedom getting restricted maybe? You know “to protect us”

    7. Kulafarmer says:

      Its because were white racist isnt it,,, confiscate the guns and bibles and confederate flags!
      Burn the women and children first!
      Oh
      Or is it screw the women and children first!
      Hmmm
      Not sure anymore, guess i better consult the rainbow bible of politicalcorrectness

    8. Satori says:

      Are You Ready For The e-PATRIOT Act?

      ht tp://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-07-06/are-you-ready-e-patriot-act

    9. The Cookin' Mom says:

      My smartphone was hacked 8 days ago.
      Banking info compromised. I do a lot of
      Online shopping. I have upgraded my apps.
      And am being more diligent about keeping it
      Clean. …….ya’ll be careful!

      • Richard says:

        I don’t have online banking because of this.

        I’ve recently gone back to paying for all my goods and almost all services in cash. I’m not going back to the debit card except when I can’t get to a cash machine.

    10. Anonamous says says:

      Got hacked the 3rd of July had to lock down everything. Bank info and shopping also compromised,was not a very relaxing holiday. Like the breaking alert news format it’s
      What we need,thanks Mac.

    11. K in Kansas says:

      Watch it live at map.norsecrop.com
      Live cyber attacks, shows origins,types, and targets.

    12. Jim in Va. says:

      Jade Helm?

    13. The Prophet says:

      My neighbors’ dildo exploded last night. She may never dance again. Damn Chinese!

    14. Kevin2 says:

      China suspended the selling of equities by decree in the last few days. Stopping trading due to a “technical malfunction” accomplishes the same goal.

      Just saying.

    15. Cabin Fever says:

      Not good folks

      • Arby says:

        Its to be expected, but I really didn’t think it was going to hit us this quick. Stay close to home or your BOL time is getting short.
        We forecast the weather and other things by looking at what is going on in the present, why is it so hard for many to see what is coming??? To me it is just common sense. My wife says “common sense is not so common”! Wise woman!

    16. JoeSomebody says:

      They’re(big brother) causing hysteria. They want more fear. It’s what they feed off of. They want this country scared shitless so they can easily carry out their little kill them all plan they have going for them.

    17. As an aside, I know local .gov has been having problems with their websites being compromised for at least five days.

      My best friend lost his “permission slip” to be out in public last week and he had to get a replacement.

      So I’ve been trying to get one since last week from the county treasurer. Always “Sorry, our internet is down and we can’t access your information to help you.”

      Finally, I gave them the info over the landline and they got to it while the internet was up for a short time period.

      When I went in to get my best friend’s “permission slip”, they told me that the internet was down…lucky I called and came in a day later.

      Fuck the .gov pig Dog Warden and his “permission slip”. My best friend never leaves the property unless I let him…

    18. g-man says:

      kevin2
      exactly right

    19. TPSnodgrass says:

      I have never believed in things referred to as: “coincidence”. There is no scientific probability or empirical evidence to suggest that “coincidences” actually exist.
      These multiple near coordinated “glitches” are cyber-attacks. Somebody IS sending a “message” to the USA.
      UAL, DowJones, NYSE, and other places all getting nailed within an hour of each other? My, oh, my.

    20. slingshot says:

      oooh eee, oooh ah ah, bing bang. walla walla bing bang!

      How is that hope and change doing for ya? Hahahaha!

    21. AnotherAss says:

      World Record: Most dominoes toppled in a spiral (30,000) complete Toppling

    22. MiVidaLoca says:

      I work for a government agency and we have been sustaining the highest number of daily cyber attacks ever. This has been going on for months now.

      Although, I have to say anyone with an IT background will tell you that the NYSE has one of the most, if not the most, sophisticated systems and backup systems in the country. I highly doubt that it is what they say it is.

      I’d like to hear from the IT folks that post on this site or even the IT people that run SHTFPLAN. What do you all think?

      • blackattack says:

        yep, fi where someone works said anonymous tweeted a “hope stock market has trouble” message yesterday. 3 yr ago another huge fi where I worked was close to brought down by anonymess or some other concerted attack. Did bring down fed for interbank exchange or something. So, cyber attack of nut jobs is definitely possible. Yet, the timing with China is uncanny.
        Long story show on the cyber remote DoS is most large fi’s now have out built what they can bring and also have smarter equipment. E.g. fi where someone works showed downtime a year or so ago from attacks but has endured a dozen or so such attacks since then with no downtime due to upgrades etc.
        Tomorrow will tell. China is a mess from what I can tell. There’s no way a company can freeze its stock for long. Alternative trades will occur. I guess tonight trillions of credit gets created to pump it all up. The pattern we keep seeing. Wait and see.
        I guess when you give trillions to your cronies, then you have to give trillions in credit to your peers, then you have to start giving trillions in credit to the other goons (China). Its a ponzi scheme built on creation of trillions of credit. I think it could go on for decades, personally. Unless someone falters, someone produces a gold backed world-tradeable currency (electronically bit traded), or things happen faster than TPTB and PPT can print.

    23. usa1 says:

      What happens when China can’t supply us with goods. We have became a nation that can not manufacture their own goods.

      • dickNcider says:

        That’s the big reason why China is in financial problems. Nobody is buying bulk, useless junk anymore because most Americans can’t afford it.
        No, we can manufacture goods. Our Politicians allowed Corporations to move their manufacturing facilities out of America.
        The Baltic Dry Index (BDI) says a lot of the Market.
        Shipping materials have been on the downside.
        Lack of Raw Materials = Lack of Finished Product to be sent back.
        Reason = Lack of Consumer Spending = Global Financial Instability

        • blackattack says:

          Correct. China crap is truly crap these days. Might as well buy some used thing. China started to produce such low quality that we try to buy high quality now. A $1 crap from China that breaks after one use is not better than a $25 quality product.

    24. Enemy of the State says:

      they shut the market down, because it was crashing , no cyber attack happened

      • TPSnodgrass says:

        EOS:
        No, they didn’t. They went to the “cloud” last night and failed to do any kind of a BETA test this a.m. prior to the market opening. This could well be a cyber-attack into the indefensible “cloud” that the NYSE has started to use to control their real time pricing, in an effort to do away with actual live human traders. Plain old incompetence coupled with the spectre of a possible cyber attack. What’s not to concern ourselves with?

    25. Anonymous says:

      A “cyber attack” is a convenient excuse for a shutdown to keep the Chinese crash from spreading to our markets.

      But if it is one, is should signal to get out and get out now since there is no protection against an attack induced calamity that loses you all of your investment there.

      Either way, get out as soon as you possibly can unless you want to weigh marginal near term profits against extreme risk (there are other investments that you can do that in that are more likely to profit and less risky).

    26. John Stiner says:

      cyber attacks are typically a prelude to a physical attack

    27. Anonymous says:

      So China’s stock market is frozen and so is ours?? Hmmm…

      The US has been provoking China and Russia for some time. In Chinese its called “bijin”– getting too close to someone, invading their space. Guess they had enough and decided to push back.

      Recently heard (ZERO HEDGE) Russia had aircraft (nuclear capable jets) flying over California and Alaska- twice in the last couple weeks… and now this– probably China pushing back.

      • TPSnodgrass says:

        When I was in the USAF, entered way back in the mid-70’s, the Russkies were flying off the Coast of CA ALL the time, and we intercepted their BEar bombers then as well. THis is nothing “new”, although it coincides with “launch activity” at Vandenberg AFB, on the Central Coast, and the massive electronic spy “station” at Beale AFB north of Sacramento, CA.
        These over flights are what WE do as well weekly to the Soviets all the time.
        It is NOTHING NEW at all. Nothing to get concerned over. It’s electronic eavesdropping by the Russians.

    28. Grey Dog says:

      ISIS is working with China to transfer funds behind the facade of some tech glitch here.

      Russia is sneaking into the Ukraine and preparing to ignite a nuclear EMP over Europe .

      Mexican troops and LaRaza/MS-13 is ready to stream across the border and retake Texas .

      Canadian forces are staged at the Great Lakes , ready to ignite an amphibious assault on Detroit , Milwaukee and Chicago.

      Nazi’s are currently launching a enormous attack from their moon bases.

      But hey…… we’re getting another season of the X-Files

    29. Anonymous says:

      So, China’s stock market is frozen and so is ours?? Hmmm…

      Something fishy going on. Since the US has been provoking Russia like heck and China too– over there in their space, pushing them around. I guess they decided it was time to be the aggressor too.

      Zero Hedge article stated Russia had nuclear-capable jets flying around California and Alaska (twice in the last couple weeks). Pay back time!

    30. NewVegasBadger says:

      Two major computer problems on the same day? I take it as a given that the official story is NOT the real story. And possible this is a false flag event. Interesting summer so far, and it is still July.

    31. jaxx says:

      A real-time worldwide cyberattack map:

      http://map.norsecorp.com/

      Coolest link of the day for me, for sure.

    32. Sgt. Dale says:

      China is crashing and so is the USA. The End Is At Hand!
      Maybe!
      Sgt.

    33. evoval says:

      Just a warm up to the big event. T-minus 7 days!

    34. Cellar Spider says:

      Outages look to be a result of router failure….

      When a transaction occurs at a gateway/router, the router inspects the address information in the data packet. It then forwards the data packet out an interface such that it reaches the final destination transaction server or computer.

      However, if the router tables are hacked, altered, the data packets can be redirected to either a different interface on the network or even to a destination network outside the originally intended network.

      If the spoofed address is a redirect to a network outside the originally intended network, there is most likely a system that is capturing the data packets.

      Once this is done, the data packets are then re-assembled and any user id/password information contained in those data packets is gleaned…..possibly for later use.

      When you hear the word gateway or router from all the news channels later on today or tomorrow, know that this was most likely, a data collection attack.

      When you hear all the officials say that this was not an attack….what they are referencing is that no system was actually attacked (corrupted, encrypted, disabled, etc.).

      However, know that this is much worse. User Id and password information can be used at a later date to push fraudulent transactions……and they won’t even have to use traditional, secured front ends to do so.

      This one is bad….and of course, I highly doubt they took a snapshot of the router state before they “rebooted” and “reloaded” router configs.

      Just trying to add a few pennies to the conversation.

      • Cellar Spider says:

        Update:

        In an interview on PBS, about 8 minutes into the show, Michael Regan of Bloomberg News stated that the problem at the NYSE actually started during pre-market orders (ie before the market opened).

        He stated that customers weren’t receiving confirmations that their orders had been received and/or processed.

        This is a a symptom of a hacked router table that redirects data packets to a different server that simply captures data.

        The “capturing server” is not a transaction server and therefore does not respond at all with a handshake or confirmation back to users.

        It’s starting to look more sinister.

        High end routers are usually accessed either of 3 ways by an administrator. Either from another computer using telnet, from another computer using the web interface that is embedded within the router software, or via a console port on the front of the router.

        Furthermore, router software can be configured to only be accessed from a particular computer address, network subnet, console port, or in some cases, a device with a specific machine id.

        If access to the router was configured as subnet or specific ip address, one of the admin’s computers was probably compromised recently and good ole keystrokes were captured yielding the router address….or, more sinisterly, a bot was installed on one of the admins systems.

        Of course it is all total speculation and we will never hear the real story….until the next generation.

    35. Anonymous says:

      Don’t worry- everything is under control. Read Paul Craig Robert’s website– Victoria Neuland (is that her name?!) anyhow, some woman from the US state dept has just warned the Greek government that they can NOT exit the EU…or there will be “consequences”. (As in assassinations, etc.) Of course, the US did not come right out and say this, but it was implied.

      They are not allowed to leave the EU because it would cause problems for the US. It would result in the break up of the EU, NATO and the US’s plans to attack Russia. So everything is going to be OK… I think. (except for that last part– ABOUT WW3).

    36. Anonymous says:

      And since the Greek crisis is what was making the stock markets go bezeerk, and since the US is now “fixing” things (read: threatening Greece), everything will be ok– no stock market crash after all!! :) (Just the prospect of WW3 down the road)>

    37. Anonymous says:

      …Government hackers. Their bosses think they have everything to gain from causing shtf. Their victims actually have that advantage, if they don’t play the bosses’ game.

    38. Anonymous says:

      These computers are a convenience and a tool for communication–for the time being. The truly prepared will operate just fine independently, individually, and without these Big Industrial implements that the Big Boys will eliminate just to pull the rug from under the masses.

    39. Anonymous says:

      “In response to the possible threat of a takeover or downing of America’s power and cyber grids, President Obama signed an Executive Order earlier this year authorizing the government to seize all physical equipment and virtual nodes in the event of a cyber emergency.” That’s why government will instigate shtf on purpose. It kills two birds with one stone: the takeover of the infrastructure and, the shutdown of those who depend on it to “resist” such a takeover, all the while blaming the resistors as being the “culprits”, etc.

    40. AnneMarie says:

      Oh, calm down. It’s computer/software/system upgrades, they all interact with each other, problems arise.

      Everything will go back to normal soon. Then when we least expect it, things will go boom.

      • dickNcider says:

        ladies and gentleman, it’s time to panic

        Rule #1 Don’t Panic

        Sorry, but I wouldn’t bother clicking on that link just based on the title of the heading. It says FEAR, FEAR and more FEAR all over it. Doom and Gloom information does nobody any good.

    41. iPrepper says:

      This should be a reminder that if you haven’t done any of those “last minute” preps that you have been waiting on get it done now. Have disposable cash and assists on hand. Look at Greece as it’s banks are practically going 1929 and absorbing bank accounts. We’re in too deep and you have to make sure you have everything you need.

      • POTexan says:

        Did you see silver go down below $15/oz way early this morning? Read somewhere in the inet today that production of silver Eagles coming will be coming to a halt.

    42. iPrepper says:

      Get all of those “last minute” preps done now.

      • Braveheart says:

        iPrepper, welcome, and my prepping is still ongoing. It’s not looking good at all.

        • Anonymous says:

          I feel you brother. I’m terrified as to what is going to happen next. I’m auditing all my preps and peppering to buy the things I really have been waiting to buy. This might be the straw that broke the camel’s back and everything is in complete SHTF mode. Worse case scenario would be kicking the can having rapid inflation.

    43. I’ve sold all of my Shanghai holdings and will transfer all of my Bejing bonds to my offshore acccounts. Folks, it’s going to hit soon and it won’t be pretty. I can see people rioting in the US and eating out of dumpsters by August. I’m moving to Bumfuck, Egypt to escape the turdstorm that’s coming here. As you all know I sell commodes for a living and the market is way down in the porcelain sector. Get out before the toilet paper runs out and you’re running around with a dirty ass.

    44. steven jacobs says:

      not a cyberattack-just plain old FLASHTRADING-people with a very powerful computer moving the market in a direction they want it to go.

    45. The realist says:

      Anyone think solar flair ?

    46. Warchild Dammit! says:

      Whether false flag/cyber attack/solar flare tis end result if continues all the same,it’s beginning people,get your Goldfish crackers now,show may be starting soon!I may just be breaking the seals on one of the bottles of #7 soon!

    47. Ideas time says:

      Try this explanation out. Makes more sense to me. http://www.tomheneghanbriefings.com/

    48. Upstate New Yorker says:

      I don’t believe in coincidence.
      Thank you Mac for this article.
      Thank you to all the posters, I enjoy and learn from
      your comments.

    49. john says:

      Ifs its a cyber attack we just got probed next step send larger force to cut command and control. Eny one care to guess what happens next?????

    50. Mountain says:

      cyber attack? glitches? ha ha ha sure it was

    51. Anonymous says:

      Thank you, Mac and all the shtfplan.com staff, for sounding this alarm. While preppers would need to be prepared for not having an alarm sounded (which would, in itself, be their “alarm” to take action), the quick action taken by shtfplan.com in this matter to alert everyone about this pending crisis is commendable!

     
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