The New York Stock Exchange came to a grinding halt Wednesday for a computer issue – just a couple hours after a similarly worded technical problem grounded hundreds of United Airlines flights in the nation and around the world.
And curiously enough, the international cyberattacking group, Anonymous, sent out a social media message a day earlier that gives rise to the question: Did they play a part in the computer-related chaos?
The Twitter message, posted Tuesday: “”Wonder if tomorrow is going to be bad for Wall Street…. we can only hope.”
White House spokesman Josh Earnest said at an early afternoon press briefing: “There is no indication that malicious actors were involved.”
And both the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission sent out messages saying similarly, that the disruption to the NYSE was due to a computer glitch and not act of terrorism or cyberattack.
At the same time, he FBI is monitoring the situation, various media reported.
“We’re currently experiencing a technical issue that we’re working to resolve as quickly as possible,” said Marissa Arnold, an NYSE spokeswoman, to Bloomberg. “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.”
Early into the shutdown and investigation, the NYSE put out a series of tweets, one of which read: “We’re doing our utmost to produce a swift resolution & will be providing further updates as soon as we can.”
“No one’s going to lose any money unless there’s a trade involved,” said former NYSE communications chief, Richard Torrenzano, on Fox News.
He also added, of the technical and investigative personnel working on the issues: “They may not know what the problem is but they probably have some ideas.”
CNBC reported the NYSE has canceled all open orders.
“It’s been a little bit of a bumpy day. We had some technical problems even before the opening,” said Art Cashin, UBS director of floor operations at the NYSE, in a CNBC interview. “This will not cause a move in any particular direction, so I would kind of wait it out and see what happens.”
Nasdaq, meanwhile, reported no technical issues and said trade was continuing as normal.
The halt to operations based on computer glitches comes just an hour or so after United Airlines suffered its own technical problems, shuttering hundreds of flights around the nation and world.
As WND previously reported, a spokesperson for the airlines said a “network connectivity glitch” caused a massive problem that took authorities a tense hour to fix. The Federal Aviation Administration, meanwhile, called the problem rooted in “automation issues.”
Also Wednesday, the Wall Street Journal was reporting technical problems with its operations.
Fox News said the NYSE reported technical difficulties amid a massive stock market selloff in China. As a result of that activity, the Dow Jones Industrial Average has plunged more than 200 points.