Websites affiliated with the CIA, Mexico’s mining ministry and the state of Alabama were down Friday, allegedly done in by hackers, government officials and a well-known hacking group reported.
A message Friday on a Twitter page and Tumblr feed affiliated with the hacking group known as Anonymous celebrated that the Central Intelligence Agency’s website had been taken down.
The posting read: “CIA TANGO DOWN: https://www.cia.gov/ #Anonymous.” A later one pointed to a news story indicating “#Anonymous hackers hit CIA, U.N., Mexico websites.”
Anonymous did not make public any details about the hacking, but the group’s hackers normally use distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks to knock their targets offline.
“We are aware of the problems accessing our website, and are working to resolve them,” CIA spokeswoman Jennifer Youngblood told CNN.
Last month, Anonymous briefly took down the websites of the department of justice and the FBI in retaliation against the shutting down of the Megaupload file sharing website.
Anonymous also published a recording last month of a confidential call between FBI agents and London detectives in which the law-enforcement agents discuss action they are taking against hacking.