Hacker group threatens to erase NYSE from Internet

Notorious hacker group Anonymous has threatened to hack into the computer system of the New York Stock Exchange

According to an FBI investigation, members of the hacker group have "declared war on the New York Stock Exchange" on Monday by threatening to "erase" it from the Internet.

"The FBI is aware of these schemes and threats and is looking into the matter," Fox news quoted a FBI spokesman Tim Flannelly, as saying.

The hackers have reportedly said that they plan to launch a DDoS (or distributed denial of service) attack on the NYSE's computer systems.

 "We can no longer stay silent as the population is being exploited and forced to make sacrifices in the name of profit. We will show the world that we are true to our word. On October 10, NYSE shall be erased from the Internet, expect a day that will never, ever, be forgotten," said a video, which was addressed to the media.

A digital flier has been circulated online with the banner "Operation Invade Wall Street, with instructions how to participate in "three simple steps."

Would be participants are also urged to "spread the F-word," the report said.

Anonymous representatives have, however, denied the plans.

A second letter has been posted online, also with Anonymous on the masthead, that references rumors of the planned attack and disclaims the group's association.

"We have taken notice to a planned attack which has been named #InvadeWallStreet. We strongly advise against this action and everything it entails to," the letter read.

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