At 5:48 PM yesterday, hacker group Lulzsec
claimed responsibility for taking down the CIA.gov
website with a distributed denial of service attack. According to news outlets, the site was down or only intermittently accessibly until about 8:00 PM.
Since the CIA site is publicly accessible, the likelihood that any sensitive information was compromised during the attack is highly unlikely. That doesn't make this attack any less embarrassing for the CIA, who surely do not take kindly to such provocations. While taking down the spy agency's website may seem like no mean feat, Lulzsec claimed on their Twitter
feed that it was far from their "biggest" operation. For that, they directed users to a torrent of data gleaned from an intrusion into Sony's networks.
Lulzsec followed up their attack by releasing over 62,000 password and email combinations for various web services, which apparently included Facebook and dating websites.