[ISN] Hackers shut down Britain's crime agency website

From: InfoSec News <alerts_at_private>
Date: Fri, 4 May 2012 09:00:33 -0500 (CDT)


LONDON - The website of Britain's Serious Organized Crime (SOCA), known 
as British FBI, was attacked by hackers and forced to close down, a SOCA 
spokesman said Thursday.

The distribution denial of service (DDoS) attacked the soca.gov.uk late 
Wednesday, SOCA confirmed to BBC.

"We took action to limit the impact on other clients hosted by the 
(same) service provider," the spokesman said.

A DDoS attack is a common technique in which sites are overloaded with 
date requests, causing them to fall over. It would cause temporary 
inconvenience to website visitors but do not pose a security risk.

"SOCA's website contains only publicly available information and does 
not provide access to operational materials," the spokesman added.


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