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Anonymous Brings Down CIA Website

By Peter V. Milo
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The CIA website when it was taken down.

The CIA website when it was taken down.

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WASHINGTON (CBS DC) - The infamous group of hackers known as “Anonymous” claimed a successful takedown of the CIA’s website earlier today.

At about 3:25 p.m., @YourAnonNews, an official Twitter account for “Anonymous,” boasted the operation’s work, describing it in a tweet as “CIA TANGO DOWN.”

To this point, there has been no official reason given for the attack, and no specific group within “Anonymous” has been credited.

This isn’t the first time the CIA has been targeted by the “hacktivist” group. In June of last year, LulzSec, an “Anonymous” affiliate, took down the CIA website and hacked the U.S. Senate’s website “for the lulz.”

Typically, “Anonymous” uses Denial of Service attacks, or “DDoS” for short. This attack occurs when multiple systems flood an intended target with a huge amount of traffic, bringing it down.

As of the publishing of this post, the CIA’s website is still down. No statement has been released by the CIA.

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