NSA Denies Website Outage Is The Result Of A Cyberattack ( Still down as of 7:30pm PST)

Brian  Jones and Paul  Szoldra                  Oct. 25, 2013,  6:10 PM

Despite speculation that mystery hacker-group “Anonymous” is behind  it, the NSA has denied their official website being down is the result of a  cyberattack.


The National Security Agency’s website, nsa.gov, has been down the better  part of the afternoon, and people  have been speculating it’s “Anonymous.”

Gizmodo  reports that the site is suffering from a distributed denial of service  (DDoS), when hackers overtake computers and direct them to overload a web  server.

The site went down shortly  after 3 p.m., and at the time of this post still was not back up.

Brian Fung, the tech  reporter for the Washington Post, tweeted  that he spoke with an NSA spokesperson, who said that they were looking into  the outage, but refused to say if it was the result of a cyber  attack.

Later, the NSA flatly  denied the outage was the result of an attack. In  a statement to Circa, an NSA spokesperson said, “NSA.gov was  not accessible for several hours tonight because of an internal error that  occurred during a scheduled update. The issue will be resolved this evening.  Claims that the outage was caused by a distributed denial of service attack are  not true.”

As Gizmodo  points out, it’s not wholly clear that Anonymous is behind the attack, or  that the NSA’s website was attacked at all. And the fact that it took at least  an hour for people to start linking the outage to anonymous is a little  suspicious.

Anonymous tacitly acknowledged some level of involvement on  Twitter.

Read more:  http://www.businessinsider.com/anonymous-nsa-website-2013-10#ixzz2in9GAHfY

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