Anonymous says attack put CIA website offline

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Sort of scary these people can shut down a CIA website.

Question for those computer savvy PF members. Is it not easy to track these people directly involved? There has to be some sort of cyber fingerprint left when doing something such as this, right?

I believe Anonymous is biting off more than they can chew and attracting the worst sort of attention. I suspect a huge roundup forthcoming.

Hackers have claimed responsibility for making the CIA website inaccessible on Friday - the latest attack on a US federal agency.

A Twitter post on a feed used by hackers' collective Anonymous said "CIA Tango down", a phrase used by the US Special Forces after killing an enemy.

Anonymous said in another tweet that just because it reported a hack, that did not mean it carried out the attack.

This would not be the first time the CIA website has been put offline.
In June 2011, a group affiliated with Anonymous, Lulz Security, temporarily brought down the agency's homepage.

The CIA site remained offline on Friday evening after several hours, and a spokeswoman said the agency was looking into the reports.

Hackers usually target such websites through a denial-of-service attack, which involves bombarding the site with traffic until its servers are overwhelmed.

There is no suggestion that the security of the CIA's actual computer systems have been compromised.

Earlier this month, Anonymous managed to intercept a conference call between the FBI and British police as they discussed legal action against hackers.

And following the shutdown of the Megaupload file-sharing website last month, a statement attributed to Anonymous claimed responsibility for shutting down the websites of the Department of Justice and FBI, among others.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-16993488

 
Mar 2009
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If they catch them they may offer them a job. They can help with security of our web sites and maybe do some dirty work for the government.;)
 
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Question for those computer savvy PF members. Is it not easy to track these people directly involved? There has to be some sort of cyber fingerprint left when doing something such as this, right?
Their primary attack of choice is DDOS attacks which they carry out in large groups to take down sites which can't handle the requests. Not only is it very hard to track down the individuals (and in turn costly), but finding one or two or twenty won't effect Anonymous much as there are so many of them that the attacks will continue. It is a logistical problem.

Also, depending on how they are carried out DDOS attacks might not even be illegal in some cases depending on the law since what it amounts to is just flooding a site with traffic. Don't know the specifics on that though, so don't quote me on it.