- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 8, 2015

An apparent technical issue has temporarily halted trading on the New York Stock Exchange shortly after a computer glitch forced United Airlines to ground thousands of flights, but U.S. officials say they don’t suspect a cyberattack was responsible for either.

There’s “no indication” that a cyberattack is to blame for either one of Wednesday’s events, a Department of Homeland Security official told Huffington Post, downplaying suspicions that a sophisticated hack could have been the culprit for either.

On Wednesday morning, United put a hold on international flights for two hours due to what the airline later explained to be an issue with a router; shortly before noon, NYSE said it had “temporarily suspended trading in all symbols” as a result of what a spokesperson said was a “technical issue.”

“The issue we are experiencing is an internal technical issue and is not the result of a cyber breach,” NYSE assured in a tweet sent around one hour after trading first came to a halt. “We chose to suspend trading on NYSE to avoid problems arising from our technical issue.”

The White House reiterated Wednesday that the situation at the stock exchange was not the result of a cyberattack.

“At this point, there is no indication malicious actors were involved in these technology issues,” White House press secretary Josh Earnest told reporters.


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