NZX Services Continue Despite DDoS Attacks on Monday

New Zealand stock exchange, NZX, has continued to face cyberattacks on Monday, but managed to continue trading with disruptions in few services.

Trading services on the stock exchange continued “without a blip” from 10 am local time, however, the attacks prevented the investors to see company announcements and even prices.

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A spokesperson from the exchange also confirmed that it has reached into a contingency arrangement with the Financial Markets Authority (FMA) for the release of, and access to, the market announcements in case of any fresh attacks. However, the nature of the agreement was not revealed.

Not ready for handling attacks of such scale

The NZX is suffering the distributed-denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks since last Tuesday for the last four trading sessions, which significantly impacted its services. This type of attacks flood the servers with bogus requests and thus interrupting its services.

According to many reports, the attacks are being made by the Russian hacker group Fancy Bear, which is behind many high-profile cyber hacks with alleged links to the Russian spy agency, and are said to be asking for a hefty ransom in cryptocurrencies.

However, the exchange did not confirm on the ransom part or its intention to cooperate with the hackers.

In the latest statement, NZX said that it “has been advised by independent cyber specialists that the attacks last week are among the largest, most well-resourced and sophisticated they have ever seen in New Zealand.”

NZX is working with several private agencies cyber defense experts from Akamai Technologies to get a solution against the continued attacks on its systems.

Finance Magnates earlier reported that New Zealand’s communications security bureau (GCSB), which was formed to protect the country from any cyber-borne threats, also jumped in to protect the private organization from the attacks.

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