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Anonymous Hits CIA Website

- Common Dreams staff

The hacktivist group Anonymous claims to have taken the CIA's website down this afternoon.

RT reported this afternoon:

At approximately 3.10 p.m. Eastern time one of twitter accounts related to the hackers' group announced "cia.gov DOWN. #UMAD?#Anonymous"

Agence France-Presse reports:

"CIA Tango down," a member of Anonymous said on @YourAnonNews, a Twitter feed used by the group. "Tango down" is an expression used by the US Special Forces when they have eliminated an enemy. [...]

A CIA spokesman had no immediate comment.

At this time, the CIA website is still unresponsive.

The Village Voice adds:

Last Friday marked the return of Anonymous's "Fuck FBI Friday" campaign, during which the collective attacked web portals for the FBI, the Department of Homeland Security, the Boston Police Department, the Greek Justice Ministry, and lawyers defending a U.S. soldier involved in a civilian massacre.

The Atlantic Wire remains cautious this afternoon of attributing the hit to Anonymous, writing that key Twitter accounts that normally tout actions by the group hadn't done so yet, though "if it is the work of Anonymous or some allied hacker, it wouldn't be the first time they've targeted the CIA."

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