Computer glitches disrupt NYSE, WSJ, United Airlines

New York Stock Exchange says issue 'not the result of a cyber breach' but hacktivist group tweets cryptic message before glitch

Computer glitches disrupt NYSE, WSJ, United Airlines

World Bulletin / News Desk 

All United Airline flights were grounded Wednesday morning after a glitch knocked out the airline’s computer system.

United’s computer issue, which was resolved within a few hours, appeared on the same day as computer bugs shut down major operations including the New York Stock Exchange and the website of The Wall Street Journal.

None of the outages have been pinned to malicious attacks.

United issued a statement apologizing to customers after flights were delayed due to “a network connectivity issue this morning.”

The glitch, which impacted the company’s operations and reservation system, grounded United flights worldwide for more than hour. The airline reported that the bug affected about 4,900 flights globally and customers around the world scrambled to work out new travel arrangements and complained about the grounded flights on social media.

The Federal Aviation Administration ordered United to ground the flights beginning at 8:26 a.m. EST (GMT1226) and flights did not take off until almost 10:00 a.m. (GMT1400).

The outage Wednesday is the second time in two months that United had to ground flights because of a technical issue. On June 2, the airline stopped takeoffs in the U.S. because of a computer automation issue.

While United was dealing with grounded flights, the New York Stock Exchange also shut down stock trading due to a technical issue. The NYSE has been very vocal about the outage not being caused by hackers.

“The issue we are experiencing is an internal technical issue and is not the result of a cyber breach,” the stock exchange posted on Twitter.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest said there is no indication that malicious actors are involved in the technology issues at the stock exchange, shortly before markets resumed trading after more than three hours.

He said President Barack Obama was briefed by security officials on the issue.

Even though the NYSE denies any malicious activity behind the outage, hacking collective Anonymous tweeted a cryptic message hours before the glitch took out the exchange.

"Wonder if tomorrow is going to be bad for Wall Street," a Twitter account linked to Anonymous posted late Tuesday night. "We can only hope."

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