The website of the NSA has been unreachable for hours – according to official figures, due to a maintenance error. Previously, hackers had bragged about the attack.
The website of the U.S. Secret Service NSA been unavailable for several hours on the night of Saturday. According to the authority, the failure resulted from an error during scheduled maintenance. Accusations that the page had been set by hackers out of service, the NSA rejected.
The hacker group Anonymous had previously flirted via Twitter that may be responsible for the failure. “Looks like the beginning of a cyber war,” it said in the statement. The Huffington Post suspected then a so-called denial-of-service attack: Here outsiders try to overload a website with a flood of inquiries. Anonymous had already been known in recent years for several of these attacks.
The NSA is after the revelations of the former intelligence employee Edward Snowden in the center of a worldwide Spähaffäre. Allegations, the agency has intercepted at their own instigation, the phones of 35 foreign leaders who talk about the powers of the NSA have rekindled.