The CIA website at cia.gov is currently inaccessible, having apparently fallen foul of a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack by hackers.
Almost inevitably, fingers are pointing towards the notorious LulzSec hacktivist group who have made a name for themselves recently with a series of attacks against corporations, organisations and websites – sometimes forcing them offline, and on other occasions stealing personal information by exploiting security flaws.
A post to LulzSec’s Twitter feed appears to confirm their participation in the attack:
LulzSec claims to be exposing security vulnerabilities in websites and organisations for “fun”, but a poll conducted earlier today by Sophos discovered that many don’t believe hacking and denial-of-service attacks to be a laughing matter:
Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.