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[ISN] CIA website hacked in attack 'claimed' by shadowy cyber group Anonymous
By Philip Sherwell
11 Feb 2012
The shadowy cyber hacking group Anonymous, which has organised a series
of strikes on high-profile websites, appeared to claim credit for the
latest incident in online messages.
It was impossible to access the www.cia.gov home page on Friday evening
after what appeared to be a denial-of-service (Dos) attack. The site was
up again but running slowly on Saturday morning.
This Dos tactic usually involved bombarding a computer network with so
many requests for information that its servers are overwhelmed, leaving
it unable to function properly.
There is no initial suggestion that the CIA's internal system was hacked
to obtain confidential information or that security was compromised.
But it is nonetheless an embarrassment for America's premier espionage
agency that hackers could disable its public website. The CIA's home
page was also brought down in June 2011 by Lulz Security, a group
affiliated with Anonymous.
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