The Wall Street Journal has reported that the computers for the Nasdaq Stock Market exchange were compromised during the past year. Essentially the computers for the Nasdaq OMX Group were targeted and hacked but the trading platform was unaffected. However, it was unclear which other parts of Nasdaq’s computer network was accessed.
Federal investigators speculate on a number of potential motives around it, but intentions are likely for unlawful financial gain and theft of trade secrets designed to damage the exchange.
According to the report, the investigation is being conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the U.S. Secret Service. The attacks is worrying investigators, who are unsure whether all potential holes have been closed, considering the attackers are seeking new ways to breach the systems.