We use cookies to provide you with a better experience. If you continue to use this site, we'll assume you're happy with this. Alternatively, click here to find out how to manage these cookies

hide cookie message
80,259 News Articles

Hong Kong Exchange website might be hacked

The Hong Kong Stock Exchange suspended trading in several shares on Wednesday following a glitch in its online news service that might be caused by hacking, said the Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing (HKEx) chief executive Charles Li.

The glitch came on a day when several firms announced earnings, preventing investors from accessing company announcements made during the midday break. HKEx said that in order to give investors time to get the price-sensitive information elsewhere, it decided to adopt a half day (i.e. one trading session) suspension policy for firms announcing results during the lunch publication window on Wednesday.

According to Li at a news conference held Wednesday afternoon, eight companies were affected including HSBC, Cathay Pacific, Dah Sing Bank, China Power, and HKEx, all of which announced interim results during the midday break.

"Our current assessment is that the glitch could be the result of an external attack," said Li. "HKEx is now investigating the problem and the HKEx news website services will resume as soon as the technical problem is resolved."

Other systems at the HKEx were not affected and trading in its securities and derivatives markets continued to operate normally, the exchange added.


IDG UK Sites

Best Black Friday 2014 tech deals: Get bargains on smartphones, tablets, laptops and more

IDG UK Sites

What the Internet of Things will look like in 2015: homes will get smarter, people might get fitter

IDG UK Sites

See how Trunk's animated ad helped Ade Edmondson plug The Car Buying Service

IDG UK Sites

Yosemite tips: Complete Guide to OS X Yosemite