Virus floors Russian stock exchange

A computer virus succeeded in bringing down the main Russian stock exchange on Thursday. The Russian Trading System (RTS) was forced to suspend operations in its three markets between 1315 and 1420 GMT after unnamed malware infected systems. Viral infection resulted in a huge upsurge of outgoing traffic, interrupting normal network operations.

"The virus got into a computer connected to a test trading system from the internet," RTS vice president Dmitry Shatsky said in the statement issued Friday, Reuters reports. "The infected computer started generating huge volumes of parasitic traffic, which overloaded the RTS's support routers. The result was that normal traffic - data going in to and out of the trading system - was not processed." Virus floors Russian stock exchange | The Register

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