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LulzSec claims responsibility for CIA.gov takedown

updated 07:55 pm EDT, Wed June 15, 2011

Government site unresponsive

Hacker group LulzSec has claimed responsibility for problems at the US government's CIA website, which was briefly unreachable before service was restored late in the day. The group is also credited with hacking into the Senate website over the weekend and downloading information, though Martina Bradford, the deputy Senate sergeant at arms, told Reuters "they're getting nothing."

"We've been able to stay ahead of the hackers and keep them out of the main Senate network," Bradford added.

It is unclear if the CIA.gov site fell victim to an actual hack or a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack. The group recently utilized the DDoS strategy to block general access to websites such as EVEOnline, League of Legends and Escapist Magazine, among others.

Just last week, the hackers disclosed stolen code from Sony Computer Entertainment Developer Network. Other targets included Sony Pictures, further contributing to the company's spat of security problems in recent months. [via Dusty Tech and The Next Web]




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