Anonymous Brings Down The Website of ‘Britain’s FBI’

Anonymous Brings Down The Website of ‘Britain’s FBI’

The Serious Organised Crime Agency’s website was temporarily shut down today after a cyber attack.

Danger: Similar attacks on the Soca website have previously been linked to the 'hacktivist' group Anonymous

Danger: Similar attacks on the Soca website have previously been linked to the 'hacktivist' group Anonymous

It was the victim of a scam known as distributed denial of service (DDOS) whereby an internet address is flooded with bogus traffic, effectively making it unreachable.

The actions can also jam other websites hosted by the same provider which is why the agency decided to go offline.

A SOCA spokesman said: ‘It is important to stress this is not a hacking attack. A DDOS is entirely different where a large number of computers try to access the site at the same time.

 ‘The huge flow of traffic causes the website to potentially fall over. We took the decision to take down the site at 10pm last night to limit the impact on other clients hosted by the same service provider.

‘It is a temporary inconvenience and we will put the site back up once the action stops. We cannot say at the moment when that might be.’

He went on: ‘It is also important to stress there was no security risk and the website only contains publicly available information, it does not provide access to operational material.’

 DDOS attacks on the Soca website have previously been linked to the loose-knit international ‘hacktivist’ group Anonymous.

The spokesman added that it would ‘not be appropriate’ to comment on who may have been responsible.

Soca has recently closed 36 websites believed to be selling stolen credit card information. Last month, Soca was part of a joint effort with the US Federal Bureau of Investigation to shut websites associated with selling stolen financial information.

The agency said 2.5 million items of compromised data was recovered, preventing an estimated potential fraud of £500m.

Former Prime Minister Tony Blair speaks during the official launch of Serious Organised Crime Agency in 2006

Former Prime Minister Tony Blair speaks during the official launch of Serious Organised Crime Agency in 2006

The website has been targeted in the past by members of ‘hacktivist’ group LulzSec. In June 2011, they forced the site offline using similar tactics.

Graham Cluley, of anti computer virus firm Sophos based in Abingdon, Oxfordshire, described the attack as a ‘thump on the nose rather than a mortal blow.’

He said: ‘It is not impossible to stop this sort of thing from happening, but quite costly, and SOCA may want to look at what they have in place to prevent future occurrences.

Read more at Daily Maile Online

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