CIA website brought down – were Anonymous attackers responsible?

SophosLabs: The CIA’s website was brought down for some hours last night by what appears to have been an internet distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack. A post made from an Anonymous-affiliated Twitter account announced that the site was doing using the phrase “CIA Tango Down”, although a later tweet left ambiguity as to whether the hacktivists were claiming responsibility for the attack. Of course, this is one of the challenges when trying to get a sense of what actions can be attributed to Anonymous or not....

February 11, 2012 · 3 min · 444 words · Omid Farhang

CIA launches W.T.F. (WikiLeaks Task Force)

Washington Post: The CIA has launched a task force to assess the impact of the exposure of thousands of U.S. diplomatic cables and military files by WikiLeaks. Officially, the panel is called the WikiLeaks Task Force. But at CIA headquarters, it’s mainly known by its all-too-apt acronym: W.T.F. The irreverence is perhaps understandable for an agency that has been relatively unscathed by WikiLeaks. Only a handful of CIA files have surfaced on the WikiLeaks Web site, and records from other agencies posted online reveal remarkably little about CIA employees or operations....

December 23, 2010 · 4 min · 674 words · Omid Farhang