US MILITARY CYBER SPOOK SHOP, the National Security Agency (NSA) is feeding America's financial companies and Wall Street banksters with information about hacker attacks.
It is the second month of the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations and although the US has not seen a significant attack on the New York Stock Exchange, the spectre of hacking assaults is being played up by US authorities. This, as well as the increasing risks of attacks and spying from foreign entities, is feeding US government paranoia.
According to Reuters, the NSA has stepped in to make the financiers feel better and is providing Wall Street investment banks with intelligence on "foreign hackers and assistance in fending off assaults".
Reuters has spoken with sources that have provided information about the assistance, which includes the FBI stepping to warn banks about threats and potential security vulnerabilities and discussions about worst case scenario hacker attacks.
NSA director Keith Alexander confirmed that the agency is talking to financial firms about plans for a pilot knowledge sharing scheme, but he didn't go into any other suggestions. µ
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