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CIA site downed as Anonymous claims attack

Published: 24 April, 2012, 02:09

 (AFP Photo / Valery Hache)

(AFP Photo / Valery Hache)

The CIA website is now back online following a DDoS attack reportedly perpetrated by the hacktivist group Anonymous. This is the latest attack in a series of assaults carried out against US government websites.

­­Information that the website was down was originally relayed by the OccupyCarlisle account. The UGNazi hacker group has also claimed responsibility for the attack.

Just one week ago Brazilian hacktivist Havittaja claimed responsibility for a DDoS attack on the websites of the US Department of Justice and the CIA. Other Anonymous hacktivists later joined their “Brazilian brother” and brought down two MI6 websites.

The CIA website was also downed by Anonymous on two occasions before that, in February 2012 and back in June 2011.

The February attack was part of Anonymous’ action against US law enforcement agencies and copyright holders. Other targeted websites included the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI. Anonymous was quick to claim responsibility then.

The CIA website took several hours to get back online, while the Department of Homeland Security went back up online in a matter of minutes. 

Following the attack an alleged Anonymous hacktivist uploaded a video explaining how the community had crushed the agency’s online presence and why the CIA should have been ready.

DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) attacks are a concentrated effort by multiple individuals to make a network overly busy. As a result, the website gets overloaded and goes down. DDoS attacks breach the Internet Architecture Board’s proper use policy.

It is customary for tweets referring to Anonymous DDoS attacks to be accompanied by a “Tango Down” hash tag. Originally the term was used by special forces to say that an enemy had been eliminated.

  1. April 24, 2012 at 5:19 pm

    Anonymous..freedom and truth ..more power to them.

    • April 24, 2012 at 5:24 pm

      Hmmm…i`m not so sure. Anonymous may be CIA set on a path to censor the internet. And so far it`s working.
      We just have to wait and see, but usually it`s exactly what you don`t expect.

      • April 24, 2012 at 5:33 pm

        we have to give them the benefit of the doubt.If they are CIA what fools! they will and have inspired other movements.People have woken up to the censorship of the net and they are organizing we can see this from the failure of the last two bills.
        many eyes are watching net regulation these days making it harder for them to clamp down.

      • April 24, 2012 at 5:42 pm

        The govt. does not care if some part of the people wake up. As long as the majority thinks “EVIL Anonymous attacks US” they will see it as a terrorist attack. And we all know what happens when USA goes after “terrorists” ….

  2. April 24, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    yes but you are saying they are creating an organization to act as a patsy for internet close down and censorship.They have made a huge error as all it has done has create press on an issue that the majority knew nothing about.the word is spreading through those with and with out interest in the net so if Anonymous is CIA they have made a huge screw up.
    I think what is more likely is the idea that they can use this as home grown terror and use it to take more of the citizenship’s rights.
    The U.S is under cyber attack 24/7 from other countries and real terrorist they do not publicize those attacks but would rather concentrate on Anonymous.
    the old phrase ” give them enough rope and they will hang themselves ” springs to mind.

    • April 24, 2012 at 6:01 pm

      You have a valid point there. Many people woke up to the whole internet censorship issue, but not enough yet 😦
      I did not say the govt. methods are the best, they usually walk with mud filled boots on the white carpet 🙂

  3. April 24, 2012 at 6:05 pm

    I like that phrase” they usually walk with mud filled boots on the white carpet” I might steel that from you .LOL
    I like that you look into the issue and think hard about it.
    Believe nothing Question everything!
    That is a good philosophy.

    • April 24, 2012 at 7:09 pm

      actually i adapted that from my native language on the spot 🙂 Go ahead and use it as you see fit. I`m more and more under the impression that everything we know for a fact is somehow wrong.

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