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[ISN] CIA Website Hacked, Struggles To Recover
By Mathew J. Schwartz
February 13, 2012
An Anonymous-related Twitter channel claimed Friday that the group had
successfully taken down the CIA's public-facing website.
The CIA website reportedly remained inaccessible several hours after the
attack, then appeared to be offline intermittently for the rest of the
weekend, as well as on Monday, in the face of what appeared to be a
distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack. Anonymous had previously
been making a habit of targeting the FBI on Fridays.
The CIA has acknowledged that it's been having website issues, but
hasn't publicly commented on the cause. Interestingly, it's not clear if
Anonymous was indeed responsible. "We'd remind media that if we report a
hack or ddos attack, it doesn't necessarily mean we did it...FYI,"
according to a tweet from YourAnonNews, which is a reliable source of
information about Anonymous activities.
Saturday, hackers announced via Pastebin--with a shout-out to Anonymous
and AntiSec--that they'd hacked the U.S. Census Bureau, and they listed
the names of stolen database tables. The same day, the website of
Interpol was also knocked offline, although the attack wasn't the work
of Anonymous. Instead, via a Pastebin post, a group known as Black
Tuesday (tagline: "We'r revolution of your mind!) claimed credit.
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