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James Bond on "computer glitches"

The New York Stock Exchange suspended trading temporarily earlier today due to a "computer glitch" that NYSE executives insisted was absolutely not a cyber attack. This happened within hours of other at American Airlines, which left airplanes across the country grounded, and at the Wall Street Journal.

This makes three high-profile American institutions to experience debilitating "computer glitches" within hours of each other.

I am reminded, therefore, of something that Ian Fleming once wrote in his James Bond novel Goldfinger. "Once is an accident," he wrote. "Twice is a coincidence. Three times is an enemy action."

Needless to say, I have a lot of trouble believing that three high-profile American institutions being attacked within hours of each other is purely a coincidence. The computer glitch at the New York Stock Exchange was, in my estimation, most likely a cyber attack;The computer glitch at American Airlines was, in my estimation, most…