- - Monday, October 10, 2011

WALL STREET

NYSE site hobbled by outage, monitor says

SAN FRANCISCO | The New York Stock Exchange’s website was apparently hobbled twice Monday, possibly the result of computer attacks as part of the protests against Wall Street, according to a company that monitors website response times.

San Mateo-based Keynote Systems Inc. said the NYSE website experienced a one-minute outage around 3:30 p.m. EDT, then a half-hour outage about two hours later.

But NYSE spokesman Ray Pellecchia said an investigation by the stock exchange showed no disruptions to its website.

The loosely organized Anonymous hacking group has threatened an attack on the NYSE. Some protesters have objected to those threats because of the impression a hack would leave about the movement as a whole.

Keynote spokesman Dan Berkowitz said his firm began monitoring the NYSE site Monday after receiving media inquiries about the threats. He said the slowdowns were substantial and his firm considered the situation an outage.

OIL

Crude prices above $85 for first time since September

NEW YORK — Oil prices jumped 3 percent Monday as fears of another recession retreated.

Prices rose Monday after France and Germany agreed to put more capital into European banks. The move by the eurozone’s two biggest nations helped ease concerns that major banks in Europe and elsewhere would be brought down by the region’s debt crisis.

Benchmark crude rose $2.43, or 3 percent, to end the day at $85.41 per barrel in New York.

TECHNOLOGY

Orders for iPhone 4S top 1 million for new record

NEW YORK — Apple says first-day orders of the iPhone 4S topped 1 million, breaking the record set by last year’s model.

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