The public website of the CIA went down yesterday evening as hacker group Lulz Security announced on Twitter it had launched an attack, Reuters reports.
The site initially could not be accessed from multiple locations around the world, and service continued to be sporadic later in the evening.
LulzSec, which promises “high-quality entertainment at your expense,” has recently gone on a hacking spree, defacing websites, posting personal information about customers and site administrators, and disclosing the network configurations of some sites.
However, breaking into the CIA’s public website would not yield any personal information, said Jeffrey Carr, author of the book “Inside Cyber Warfare: Mapping the Cyber Underworld.”
“All they’re doing is saying ‘Look how good we are,'” he told Reuters. “These guys are literally in it for embarrassment, to say ‘your security is crap.'”
LulzSec announced the CIA attack right before 6 p.m. EST, tweeting “Tango down” and pointing to www.cia.gov.