Nasdaq fixes hack-vulnerable website after Daily News exposes weak security

By   ISBuzz Team
Writer , Information Security Buzz | Sep 17, 2013 04:12 am PST

Nasdaq finally fixed its website so it wasn’t primed for a hack attack.

The stock exchange, one of America’s most important, had corrected vulnerabilities to its website as of Monday — after waiting two weeks to repair serious security flaws that could have allowed hackers to wreak havoc. only moved to address the problems after its shocking security situation was exposed by the Daily News in Monday’s editions. Technicians at Nasdaq worked Monday to patch vulnerabilities identified by a cyber-security expert that could have allowed hackers to steal users’ browser history and cookies or to perform phishing attacks to steal data, sources outside the exchange said.

Nasdaq honchos were tipped off to the problems two weeks ago by Ilia Kolochenko, chief executive of High-Tech Bridge, a Swiss information security company.