The website of the secret NSA is offline. It circulated speculation about a hacker attack. This, however, rejected the authority back. If it were merely a technical glitch.div
The website of the U.S. Secret NSA has been paralyzed on Friday. The reason for the failure was being investigated, said NSA spokeswoman Vanee Vines, without giving further details. The page was nsa.gov since Friday afternoon (local time) for the time being no longer accessible.
In short message service Twitter made speculation about a hacker attack that round. The intelligence agency rejected the reports. According to the authority, there has been an update to the online presence an internal problem in which the page was not accessible for several hours. Speculation that the NSA site had been paralyzed by a so-called denial-of-service attack, were incorrect. Such an attack is an attempt by outsiders to overload a website with a flood of inquiries. The NSA reported that their problem had been solved on Friday night (local time).
The group Anonymous reacted with scorn from the failure of the page. There is no reason to worry, the NSA had secured the entire Internet as a copy. The hacker group had claimed responsibility for a series of online attacks over the past few years. The NSA is after the revelations of former U.S. intelligence employee Edward Snowden in the center of a worldwide Spähaffäre.
The United States also acknowledged the tensions with its allies because of the eavesdropping allegations. But they should not interfere with cooperation on important issues like Syria and Iran, said the spokeswoman for the U.S. State Department, Jen Psaki, on Friday in Washington.
The U.S. services have, according to “The Guardian” the phones of 35 leaders in the world listened to a report by the British, including the mobile phone from Chancellor Angela Merkel. The news of the NSA activities is a significant problem in relations with allies and have also led to confusion in the public, Psaki said.
“We are in conversation with these allies,” said the spokesperson continued, referring to the planned visit next week for German intelligence chiefs in the United States. The EU will send a high-level delegation to the United States.
Germany and France, where also phone data to have been spied on, strive for agreements with the U.S. on the work of its intelligence services. Such bilateral “No-Spy Agreement” with the U.S. government should be completed by year-end, said Angela Merkel at the EU summit in Brussels. Other EU countries wanted to join the initiative.
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