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[ISN] CIA website hacked in attack 'claimed' by shadowy cyber group Anonymous



http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/9076314/CIA-website-hacked-in-attack-claimed-by-shadowy-cyber-group-Anonymous.html

By Philip Sherwell
The Telegraph
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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