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US Secret Service website hacked: CIA latest victim from Lulz Security

The Lulz Security hackers said they hacked the CIA's homepage. It is one of many cyber attacks by the group in the past few weeks.

Nothing works anymore: The CIA homepage on June 15th. Image: Reuters

BOSTON Reuters / dpa / taz | According to their own account, hackers attacked the website of the US secret service CIA. "Tango down - CIA.gov" tweeted the group known as Lulz Security on Wednesday evening. The page //www.cia.gov/:www.cia.gov was not available for a few minutes shortly after the notification. A CIA spokeswoman said the reports were being examined.

The hacking group attacked the US Senate website at the weekend and accessed data in the process. According to the Senate Security Service, another attack broke out on Wednesday. In this case, however, data theft could be prevented.

The attack on the CIA homepage appeared to be aimed at the public intelligence agency website. There is no secret data there, and it does not affect the functionality of the CIA. A spokeswoman for the agency said the reports were being followed up. Sometimes it is difficult to tell if a website has been hacked: Sometimes a claim alone will cause a page to be rushed to the point of collapse.

Attacks on Sony, Nintendo, PBS

Lulz Security only appeared publicly this year and has recently committed to hacking attacks on the electronics companies Sony and Nintendo and the public US television broadcaster PBS. PBS had previously broadcast a critical documentary about WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

The hackers presumably have a so-called botnet with countless infected computers that are controlled remotely and paralyze attack targets with a flood of data packets. The New York Times suspected such a denial-of-service attack behind the attack on the CIA website.

In the past few days, however, the group has also attacked targets that hackers have traditionally left alone, such as the game magazine The Escapistwho have favourited online games Eve Online or League of Legends. The attacks led to a wave of criticism on the hackers' Twitter account. Their critics only called them //twitter.com/#!/LulzSec/status/80697805248790529: "Heulsusen".