Anonymous briefly knocks CIA website offline (Update 2)

Feb 10, 2012
A man crosses the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) logo in the lobby of CIA Headquarters in Langley, Virginia, in 2008. The website of the Central Intelligence Agency was unresponsive on Friday after the hacker group Anonymous claimed to have knocked it offline.

The website of the Central Intelligence Agency was briefly inaccessible on Friday after the hacker group Anonymous claimed to have knocked it offline.

"CIA Tango down," a member of Anonymous said on @YourAnonNews, a Twitter feed used by the group. "Tango down" is an expression used by the US Special Forces when they have eliminated an enemy.

Asked about the apparent website outage, a CIA spokeswoman said: "We are aware of the problems accessing our web site, and are working to resolve them."

The website was restored shortly thereafter.

Members of Anonymous also claimed Friday to have hacked the website of Camimex, the Mexican chamber of mines, and posted emails taken from the site online.

The camimex.org.mx site was unavailable on Friday.

Anonymous last month briefly knocked the websites of the US Justice Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation offline.

Those attacks were in retaliation for the US shutdown of file-sharing site Megaupload.

There was no immediate explanation from Anonymous for the targeting of the CIA site.

In June, an Anonymous-affiliated group, Lulz Security, also temporarily disabled the CIA website.

Most Anonymous cyberattacks are distributed denial of service attacks in which a large number of computers are commanded to simultaneously visit a website, overwhelming its servers.

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axemaster
4 / 5 (12) Feb 10, 2012
I doubt the CIA even cares. Doubtless all the important traffic goes through secret websites / IPs.

On the other hand I'm starting to wonder if Anonymous is suicidal. Insulting the honor of the world's biggest spy agency isn't very smart. It's the equivalent of throwing poop at a Rolls Royce - the owner is gonna be pissed as hell even if it doesn't actually hurt him.
jimdallas000
2.2 / 5 (17) Feb 10, 2012
Did you actually use the word 'honor' with regards the cia? At least spell honour properly...
axemaster
3.7 / 5 (9) Feb 10, 2012
I'm American, we spell it "honor" over here. ^_^
As for the CIA's honor being insulted, you know what I meant. They were made to look like fools and they'll be wanting revenge. They have a reputation to maintain.
antialias_physorg
2 / 5 (8) Feb 10, 2012
I doubt the CIA even cares. Doubtless all the important traffic goes through secret websites

Taking down a website is like defacing a poster. It's not like they hacked into anything.

That said: it's pretty sad when the CIA can't even configure a webserver properly.
Vendicar_Decarian
0.3 / 5 (44) Feb 10, 2012
The Eagles are pecking at the eyes of the dying American state.
Justin458161
4 / 5 (8) Feb 10, 2012
Did you actually use the word 'honor' with regards the cia? At least spell honour properly...


In America, it is actually correct to spell "honour" as "honor". Other areas of the world, such as Britain and Canada, will spell it as "honour", not "honor", which is correct in their variation of English.
Hengine
Feb 10, 2012
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Jaeherys
4 / 5 (8) Feb 10, 2012
They speak American in America. Everywhere else it's just English :P
kochevnik
1 / 5 (9) Feb 10, 2012
CIA, formerly OSS, was founded with German speakers. Nazis, specifically. Google tells me the proper spelling is "Ehre."
meerling
not rated yet Feb 10, 2012
I doubt the CIA even cares. Doubtless all the important traffic goes through secret websites

Taking down a website is like defacing a poster. It's not like they hacked into anything.


They've been knocked offline or taken over several times over the past 2 decades. Their webserver is apparently rather weak on security, and it seems to take 5-10 days for them to fix it. I suspect they don't keep proper backups as well.

I'm pretty sure they care about this stuff, since it makes them seem incompetent and stupid, but they never seem to get around to doing anything about it.
indio007
1 / 5 (4) Feb 10, 2012
See how well the phrase "anonymous hacker" gets turned into a cyber terrorist group ANONYMOUS and vice versa.

Talk about semantic manipulation, just wow.
Telekinetic
2.3 / 5 (18) Feb 10, 2012
Did you actually use the word 'honor' with regards the cia? At least spell honour properly...

That's how we Yanks spell it and it was an honor booting British soldiers out in 1776.
210
2.4 / 5 (14) Feb 10, 2012
The Eagles are pecking at the eyes of the dying American state.

Anyone, I say, ANYONE, who thinks the American state is "dying" does NOT know what they are 'Vendicar Decarian-about! Shame on you Vendi. I do all I can to keep you out of the Psyche Ward and off Skid-Row and away from Grade School playgrounds and what do you do? Bad mouth the Eagle of the Land of The Free and Home of the Brave. I think you are still pissed at all the cash you lost on the SuperBowl. Let that be a lesson to ya...I told ya Madonna would not expose herself...she's too dried up and bony for any of that! You owe me a hundred bucks ...Dude!

word-to-ya-muthas
Vendicar_Decarian
0.5 / 5 (42) Feb 11, 2012
210 illustrates nicely why America is a dying nation.
Estevan57
2 / 5 (31) Feb 11, 2012
The longer the CIA leaves the hack up before defending it's site, the better it's chances of finding the hackers. They would also be careful before restablishing the website.

Dying America? Get real, even in recession we are the envy of the world.

So whats dying about it Vendicar?
paulthebassguy
2.3 / 5 (9) Feb 11, 2012
when will these script kiddies learn that a ddos attack to knock down a public facing website is just inane. it's not going to change anything.
Vendicar_Decarian
0.3 / 5 (39) Feb 11, 2012
"So whats dying about it Vendicar?' - eSTEVAN57

Do you mean what else after the economy, infrastructure, culture, health care system, education system, and virtually everything else?

You should ask the opposite question so the list would be only a few entries long.

http://www.dailyk...Is-Dying
Sinister1811
1.3 / 5 (16) Feb 11, 2012
I doubt the CIA even cares. Doubtless all the important traffic goes through secret websites / IPs.


I think they would care. This isn't just about taking down a website. This is about power. And anonymous have demonstrated that they have the power to gain access to the CIA's computers and take down their website. I mean, what's next? Hacking is also a criminal offense.
Sinister1811
1.6 / 5 (19) Feb 11, 2012
Man, those guys have balls to do something like that..
alfie_null
5 / 5 (1) Feb 11, 2012
I'm pretty sure they care about this stuff, since it makes them seem incompetent and stupid, but they never seem to get around to doing anything about it.

No. Not denying unauthorized access to their intranet would make the CIA seem incompetent.
Allowing an external web server to be DDOSed - yawn. The more often anonymous uses this tactic, the more they trivialize it. The rest of us are all coming to an understanding of how easy it is to bring a web server down.
ShotmanMaslo
1.6 / 5 (7) Feb 11, 2012
I doubt the CIA even cares. Doubtless all the important traffic goes through secret websites

Taking down a website is like defacing a poster. It's not like they hacked into anything.

That said: it's pretty sad when the CIA can't even configure a webserver properly.


You cant really configure a server to be resistant to DDoS attacks.
baudrunner
2.1 / 5 (7) Feb 11, 2012
You guys are all a little short on reading comprehension. Figures, since most people also lack some serious listening skills. It's not enough to just see words. It's not enough to just hear them. You have to comprehend what the writer/speaker is telling you.

Anonymous did not compromise any CIA website directly by hacking into it at all. What they did was put something on YOUR computer that sent a 'popunder' type of connection to any of the public access pages like theCIA World Factbook at a prearranged time, thereby overwhelming them with unprecedented traffic. No doubt some trojan on your computer is just waiting for a short instruction to get you to connect with the next target at a specified time.

Anyway, the CIA doesn't really care. It understands the human condition, and it figures what the hey, if you want to be like that... but don't think that you can ever get into the CIA's little infraweb, because that just ain't doable.
Telekinetic
2.8 / 5 (16) Feb 11, 2012
To criticize our government and its rogue agencies of enforcement is our right, privilege and duty. It's also more patriotic than sitting back and watching our constitutional rights and freedoms disappear, as they've done for decades under the machinations of the religious Republican right wing. The CIA is a dangerous cabal that operates outside of the direct knowledge of Congress. It is public knowledge that they orchestrated the assassination of Salvador Allende, president of Chile, just because he was a socialist. The CIA has no respect at all for your rights to even live.
tommytalks77
1 / 5 (2) Feb 11, 2012

...Insulting the honor of the world's biggest spy agency isn't very smart.


The CIA has excluded words as "honor" "ethics" and "honesty" from their books long ago (an agency that has many times assassinated it's dissidents is nothing more than a criminal organization, even if it carries a government badge).

Plus, they may be the "biggest" (right word would be largest) spy agency in the world but they are far, very very far, from being the most efficient. In fact I'd even say that considering the resources they have the CIA is pretty incompetent when compared to the intelligence agencies of other countries...
kochevnik
1 / 5 (6) Feb 11, 2012
You cant really configure a server to be resistant to DDoS attacks.
Yes you can, and even enshrine it in a service level agreement. But people are lazy and stupid. Easier to hook windose to the net, walk away, and then call the authorities when Romanians set up residence on your hard drive.
El_Nose
1 / 5 (1) Feb 11, 2012
I know that basically the CIA and FBI have left Anon alone -- picking up members here and there that are sloppy or that go after the ggovernment -- but man this is a slap in the face

SF,SD and Boston Anon are probably laying low now seeing what the reprocussions will be
210
2.3 / 5 (12) Feb 12, 2012
The longer the CIA leaves the hack up before defending it's site, the better it's chances of finding the hackers. They would also be careful before restablishing the website.
Dying America? Get real, even in recession we are the envy of the world.
So whats dying about it Vendicar?

No, no, no! My friend 'Estevanie' do not play hardball with a mental marshmellow-fellow like the 'Vendi'-cator. You see, from time to time, he is exceptionally profound...some of his posts are prophetic and shrewd, I kid you NOT! But then...sometimes...he forgets to take his meds as prescribed; he will from time-to-time mix them with alcohol and fertilizer and, or cyanide and arsenic...and then get on here and post crap that does not even approach a molecule...an angstrom, of clue!!!
Also...I have to admit that...well, I often post his bail..with his lunch money (third grade)- it is never very much because he commits no serious crime...the sheep love him, what can I say?!?!

word-to-ya-muthas
kaasinees
1 / 5 (4) Feb 13, 2012
You cant really configure a server to be resistant to DDoS attacks.

There is special hardware for defending against DDoS attacks, so yes you can.

Also the CIA could care less about their website on the internet, gives them more IP's ;)
roboferret
not rated yet Feb 13, 2012
Obligatory XKCD
http://xkcd.com/932/
Deathclock
1 / 5 (3) Feb 13, 2012
I consider this a reasonable form of non-violent protest and if it wasn't for the same in the past America would have just ended up as another autocratic shitstain on the planet.

And yeah, whoever said it hit the nail on the head, they are using botnets, which means your computer may have participated in this attack without your knowledge (your computer maybe, not mine, I keep track of my network traffic and keep a clean system)