On Wednesday morning, several organizations experienced mysterious technical glitches inciting panic of a cyber attack.
The New York Stock Exchange halted all trading on Wednesday after a computer malfunction. The NYSE sent out an alert of "a reported issue with a gateway connection,” but denies the company is a victim of a cyber attack —although the cause of the glitch has not been clearly determined. Officials said a technical malfunction froze computers on the trading floor. The market reopened for the last 50 minutes of the trading day.
United Airlines was forced to ground all planes Wednesday morning due to a computer system glitch that stranded thousands of passengers today and sent off a whirlwind of heavy delays in airports across the country. The airline said it was recovering from a “network connectivity issue.”
We're recovering from a network connectivity issue & restoring flight ops. We’ll have a waiver on http://t.co/ufFoKFTNNe to change flights.— United (@united) July 8, 2015
"An issue with a router degraded network connectivity for various applications, causing this morning's operational disruption. We fixed the router issue, which is enabling us to restore normal functions," United Airlines told USA TODAY in a statement.
“At this point, there is no indication malicious actors were involved in these technology issues," the White House press secretary Josh Earnest said in a statement.
DHS official: "No indication" of a cyber attack behind #NYSE, United Airline and/or WSJ site.— Jennifer Bendery (@jbendery) July 8, 2015
While the companies are rejecting the possibility of a cyber attack, the answer to the mysterious series of glitches remains today’s big question mark.