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LulzSec Takes Down CIA Website – Calls For Requests

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LulzSec or Lulz Security are a group of hackers who have risen to prominence in recent weeks with attacks on various consumer website s, including Sony Pictures but it seems to have now taken on a more serious foe in the shape of the Central Intelligence Agency.

Late last night, LulzSec, via its Twitter feed, said: “Tango down – cia.gov – for the lulz” claiming it had attacked and shut down the public-facing website of the CIA. While the website was inaccessible at times on Wednesday night, today is appears to be working as normal. The issues with the site could have been down to a huge number of people visiting the site having read the LulzSec tweet. LulzSec claim the attack was a simple packet flood, which is one method for a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack. The Associated Press is quoting the CIA as saying they “looking into” the reports of an attack. Obviously attacking the public face of the CIA is not as severe as trying to hack into its internal systems, but at the same time focusing the attention of the CIA on them is surely not the smartest idea. Recently LulzSec has been focusing DDoS attacks on gaming sites including Eve Online, Minecraft, League of Legends and FinFisher.

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As well  hacking the CIA’s website, LulzSec has set up a phone number to allow its fans to ring up and suggest future targets to focus its hacktivist attentions on. The phone number was preceded by the American area code 614 which would suggest LulzSec is based in Ohio, however the truth is unlikely to be that simple. The phone number was so popular that it was getting between five and 20 calls per second. When users got through they heard a voice recording purporting to be Pierre Dubois, LulzSec's fictional leader, which you can listen to here. With too many calls to handle, LulzSec decided to divert the calls and decided the best place to send the callers was to the FBI office in Detroit. Of course LulzSec would have come to the attention of the FBI already having hacked an FBI-affiliate site earlier this month. LulzSec’s attacks purport to be highlighting poor security systems on the sites targeted rather than having a more malicious reason.

However with the FBI and the CIA on its back LulzSec will surely be coming under more and more pressure and may have to pick and choose its targets more carefully in the future.

Source: LulzSec Twitter

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