Anonymous has claimed responsibility for a web attack against the London Stock Exchange (LSE) last week.
LSE's website was rendered inaccessible for two hours on Thursday. Elements of the Anonymous hacktivist collective said the assault was part of an ongoing operation targeting financial institutions, codenamed Operation Icarus.
Earlier targets have included the Bank of Greece, the Central Bank of the Dominican Republic, and the Dutch Central Bank.
"In this instance it appears trading was not affected and no sensitive data was stolen, but it is still very worrying hackers were able to infiltrate such a critical part of the global economy," said Andy Buchanan, area Vice President, UK and Ireland, RES Software. ®