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Friday, February 10, 2012

Anonymous Takes Down CIA Website

Posted By on Fri, Feb 10, 2012 at 4:20 PM

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Happy FuckCIAFriday!

Anonymous, the Internet hacking group, may or may not have have achieved one of its biggest hits to date if in fact it is responsible for taking down the CIA website today.

But it seems not even Anon members know for sure whether the shadowy Internet hacktivists is responsible for the all-day take-down.

Initially, at about 3:10 p.m. EST, a Twitter account speaking on behalf of the shadowy group claimed "cia.gov DOWN. #UMAD?#Anonymous." By 4 p.m., the CIA site was still down, and whether it could be traced to Anoymous didn't seem to matter anymore -- Mission accomplished! As one of the Twitter accounts affiliated with Anonymous stated, "We do it for the lulz," referring to the popular

online abbreviation "for laughs."

This isn't the first time Anonymous has taken down cia.gov. In June, as

part of a 51-day-long hacking spree, the Anonymous affiliated group

LulzSec took down the CIA's site for a few hours. And the reason it gave was still the

same: "For the lulz."

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