[QODLink]
Americas
Anonymous 'takes down' CIA website
Hackers claim responsibility for disabling the website for several hours, the latest attack on a US federal agency.
Last Modified: 11 Feb 2012 10:02
 The anonymous group claimed responsibility, on Twitter, for a cyber attack on the CIA website [Al Jazeera]



Hackers have claimed responsibility for disabling the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) website - the latest attack on a US federal agency.

The website was inaccessible for several hours on Friday evening, after cyber activists claimed to have knocked it offline on a Twitter feed under the banner of the Anonymous group.

"CIA Tango down," a member of Anonymous said on @YourAnonNews, a Twitter feed used by the group.

"Tango down" is an expression used by the US Special Forces when they have killed an enemy.

The CIA website at cia.gov was offline at the time of writing, and a spokesperson said the intelligence agency was looking into the reports.

"We are aware of the problems accessing our website, and are working to resolve them," she said.

The website was restored shortly thereafter.

Frequent attacks

Anonymous last month briefly disabled the websites of the US justice department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation offline using distributed denial of service attacks (DDoS), a common technique used by the collective where multiple sources bombard the target website.

There was no immediate explanation from Anonymous for the targeting of the CIA site.

It also released a recording of a telephone call between policing agencies of numerous countries discussing their hacking activities.

Those attacks were in retaliation for the US shutdown of file-sharing site Megaupload.

Most Anonymous cyber attacks are distributed denial-of-service attacks in which a large number of computers are commanded to simultaneously visit a website, overwhelming its servers.

Source:
Al Jazeera and agencies
Topics in this article
Country
Organisation
Featured on Al Jazeera
Italy struggles to deal with growing flood of migrants willing to risk their lives to reach the nearest European shores.
Israel's Operation Protective Edge is the third major offensive on the Gaza Strip in six years.
Muslims and Arabs in the US say they face discrimination in many areas of life, 13 years after the 9/11 attacks.
At one UN site alone, approximately four children below the age of five are dying each day.
Featured
A political power struggle masquerading as religious strife grips Nigeria - with mixed-faith couples paying the price.
The current surge in undocumented child migrants from Central America has galvanized US anti-immigration groups.
Absenteeism among doctors at government hospitals is rife, prompting innovative efforts to ensure they turn up for work.
Marginalised and jobless, desperate young men in Nairobi slums provide fertile ground for al-Shabab.
The Khmer Rouge tribunal is set to hear genocide charges for targeting ethnic Vietnamese and Cham Muslims.
join our mailing list