An 18-year-old Greek man has been arrested in Athens, accused of hacking into websites of the U.S. government and the international crime fighting agency Interpol, and engaging in credit card fraud, Greek police said. (AP-Yonhap News)
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A group of hackers who breached the Senate's computer system this week claimed responsibility Wednesday for problems with the CIA's website.
The group, known as Lulz Security, tweeted ``Tango down - CIA.gov,'' and there were difficulties throughout the early evening accessing the agency's website.
The computer mischief appeared to have been targeting the CIA's public website, which includes no classified data and has no impact on the CIA's operation. CIA spokeswoman Marie Harf said the agency is looking into the reports.
It is sometimes difficult to tell whether a website has been hacked, or if the claim alone drove so many people to the site that it crashed. Efforts to access the website were met with an error message long after the breach began, around 6 p.m. EDT (1000 GMT).
Lulz has claimed responsibility for hacking into the systems of Sony and Nintendo and for defacing the PBS website after the public television broadcaster aired a documentary seen as critical of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.
On Monday, the group accessed a Senate server that supports the Senate's public website but did not breach other files, according to a Capitol law enforcement official. The hackers said the release was a ``just for kicks'' attempt to help the government ``fix their issues.''
Senate Deputy Sergeant-at-Arms Martina Bradford said in a statement that while the intrusion was inconvenient, it did not compromise the security of the Senate's network, members or staff.
Lulz Security claimed that it had added a Senate file to its list of successful, high-profile intrusions at a time when governments and corporations are on high guard for cyber intrusions.
The group has suggested it is trying to highlight cyber security weaknesses.
CIA 사이버 공격 당해
미국 의회 컴퓨터 시스템에 공격을 감행한 해커집단이 미국 중앙정보부(CIA) 웹사이트도 해킹했다고 주장했다.
룰즈 세큐리티(Lulz Security)라고 알려진 해커부대는 트위터를 통해 이러한 사실을 알렸으며, 지난 수요일에 CIA 홈페이지 접속 장애를 일으킨 바 있다.
한편 이번 공격으로 기밀 문서가 유출된 것은 확인된 바가 없으며, CIA 업무에도 지장은 없었던 것으로 알려졌다.
이 단체는 최근 닌텐도, 소니와 같은 기업들에 대한 공격도 감행했다고 주장하고 있으며, 최근 위키 리크스 (WikiLeaks)의 창립자 Julian Assange에 대해 부정적으로 보도하자 PBS 홈페이지도 공격하였다.
해커집단은 사이버 보안의 약점을 나타내기 위해 이런 일을 저질렀다고 하고 있다.