Hackers Tried To Attack The German Stock Exchange, But Ended Up Taking Down A French Rugby Site Instead

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The website of French rugby team, l’US Dax, was disabled for two weeks last month after it was attacked by a German hacking group who believed it was infiltrating the German Stock Exchange, reports Der Spiegel.The website, Allezdax.com, was targeted due to having a similar name to the DAX Index of blue chip companies traded on the German Stock Exchange. Administrators of the site reported to being hurled cyber-insults in German, while an increase in web traffic caused the site to crash, remaining down for two weeks.

The AFP reports that the cyber attack was carried out by hacking group, realwar.org, but it was the rugby team, that plays in France’s second tier of professional rugby, that had the last laugh. Having previously only drawn in traffic of 700 views per day, the website now has more hits than the German Stock Exchange.

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