Anonymous Says They've Killed the CIA's Website

By Sam Biddle on at

One of Anonymous' Twitter mouthpieces claims the hacker collective just took down CIA.gov. It's definitely down. If this is what it looks like, it could be Anon's greatest hit so far.

The attack—so far cosigned by two of the largest Anon Twitter accounts with a combined 600,000 followers—would fall in line with the group's increasingly ambitious hit list of large corporate interests and powerful law enforcers. And it is, after all, #FuckFBIFriday, the end of the week occasion Anon often uses for hitting governmental agencies. Still, it would take a level of coordination and effort to knock off a federal site that should have revealed itself by now.

Update: Despite apparent confirmation via Twitter, nobody in Anon's IRC channels seem to have any idea what's going on.

Update 2: CIA.gov is still down, and no satisfactory explanation. One Anon told me the site is being DDoSed by a group of anti-pedophile hackers who are using seized kiddy porn servers as a botnet against the CIA. That'd be something!

Update 3: CIA.gov has now been down for well over an hour.

Update 4: It's starting to look doubtful that this is the work of Anonymous' nebulous fist. When LulzSec took down CIA.gov over the summer, they were quick to gloat. Now the semi-officials are mostly silent. Or talking about trivial Mexican mine hacks.

Update 5: The Twitter account where the Anon claim first originated now seems as confused as anyone else, as it tweets to a fellow associated account:

@youranonnews go figure, RT got it up from me, u retweeted and other news sites post your tweet pl0x (this msg will self destruct in T-2 lol)