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Lulzsec, that merry band of hackers responsible for raids on Bethesda Softworks, the US Senate, Sony, terrorists, and rival hackers, has bagged maybe its biggest fish yet: the CIA.

Lulz Security announced via Twitter that they'd taken down CIA.gov (which is, for the record, still incapacitated) a little before 6PM EST. No details about their methodology (presumably DDOS?), or the motive behind/beyond the lulz. Which, really, who needs more reason than that to take on the intelligence wing of the US government?

At the rate Lulz is going, their conquests will be Napoleonic before the summer's out. And at this point, it's hard to see how they'll be stopped, short of a land war in Russia.

Update: Looks like there may have been a motive after all, albeit an unlikely one. Apparently LolzSec was goaded into the CIA attack by random Twitterer

Quadrapodacone, who repeatedly called LulzSec soft for attacking what he considered small-fry targets. And good news! He's still not impressed. So don't be surprised if CIA.gov turns into a hosting service for Mama Cass gifs before this whole thing runs its course.


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LulzSecurity has really come out of the internet's ass these last few weeks, with Sony, League of Legends, and now the CIA among whatever else they've done. Turning household and they've only just started.
#5
Sure, they took it down. But they didn't infiltrate it.

Two very different things.
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#7
so do we cheer.. or what ?
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#9
Many people believe they're pointing out problems in weak security systems, which is a good thing.

Who's targeting these systems? Al Qaeda? Nope.

They'll get caught, they'll get used by the government in exchange for a suspended sentence.

Bored of them now.
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#13
They're annoying. Especially because they have the world lulz in their name. We get it. You're the kind of guys who say 'lulz' and use memes in real life.
#14
The reason they are doing this is because the US gov't is willing to respond to a cyber-attack from another country with force. They are trying to prove a point... that a cyber attack is not an act of war.
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The reason they are doing this is because the US gov't is willing to respond to a cyber-attack from another country with force. They are trying to prove a point... that a cyber attack is not an act of war.
Yeah, Mulder and Scully got away with it plenty of times!

Oh wait... fiction.
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#16
I don't find them annoying, they're amusing to me. I enjoy the fact that a band of teenagers and misfits can take down the website of a government agency.
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#18
Wait am I missing something? The website seems fine to me. Or did they fix it now?
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#19
It's back up now...

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Wait am I missing something? The website seems fine to me. Or did they fix it now?

Same here... Are they that fast?

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#21
So? It's not that hard to DDOS a site. Do you think the CIA is that worried about a bunch of basement dwellers taking down their public website? Sure, they aren't going to be pleased, but it isn't like their intelligence databases have been breached.
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So? It's not that hard to DDOS a site. Do you think the CIA is that worried about a bunch of basement dwellers taking down their public website? Sure, they aren't going to be pleased, but it isn't like their intelligence databases have been breached.

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#23
Hah, as if there's anything of importance on CIA.gov. Like the military sites, they're basically just recruiting and info portals; actual important intelligence is kept on infrastructures which are in no way accessible from outside sources.

This is indeed "lulz" worthy for the false sense of accomplishment and ability that it is assuredly engendering.
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#24
As said before, it's just their public site. Nothing of any importance is going to be kept on there, and they pretty much stooped to anon's level and ddos attacked it.

I'm unimpressed.
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Apparently they did it because someone on Twitter wasn't impressed by their previous attacks.


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#26
I'm pretty sure they aren't doing this to hurt the CIA and get or destroy 'SOOPAR SECRET DATA'. They're getting a laugh out of this, and are doing it, as previously stated... for the lulz. The whole "TAKING DOWN THE CIA" is only due to this badly titled article.
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#28
It's just the CIA's website. I don't see why it would be that hard to take down, especially with a DDOS. It's not like the CIA would keep sensitive information on the same servers as the website they have up for the public.
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The reason they are doing this is because the US gov't is willing to respond to a cyber-attack from another country with force. They are trying to prove a point... that a cyber attack is not an act of war.

Except that it pretty clearly is, depending on the type of cyber attack.
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Except that it pretty clearly is, depending on the type of cyber attack.
I guess I meant that it's not an act worthy of physically attacking another nation.
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Except that it pretty clearly is, depending on the type of cyber attack.
You? Agree with the Government?!

Yeah, if they're targeting the NHS, it's no less than an act of war. Mind you, the conservatives are getting away with the same thing.
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I guess I meant that it's not an act worthy of physically attacking another nation.

I don't think that very many things are worth attacking a nation over. I could however see a cyber attack that would be worthy, if you think that certain things are worthy.
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You? Agree with the Government?!

Yeah, if they're targeting the NHS, it's no less than an act of war. Mind you, the conservatives are getting away with the same thing.



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#35
Well.
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I don't think that very many things are worth attacking a nation over. I could however see a cyber attack that would be worthy, if you think that certain things are worthy.
I can honestly say that nothing comes to mind. I don't think there is any real reason for attacking another country.
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I can honestly say that nothing comes to mind. I don't think there is any real reason for attacking another country.

Killing many people and then promising to kill many more people in the future.
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#38
Take down website - website goes back up. What the **** is the point.

Now lets see them destroy the CIA HQ building, then I will be impressed.
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So? It's not that hard to DDOS a site. Do you think the CIA is that worried about a bunch of basement dwellers taking down their public website? Sure, they aren't going to be pleased, but it isn't like their intelligence databases have been breached.


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#40
There's a huge difference between DDoS-ing a domain and actually getting into the CIA's databases...
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