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Anonymous says it has taken down the website of the C.I.A.

The hactivists have been quick to claim credit for crashing CIA.gov.

THE CIA’S WEBSITE has been hacked, according to hactivist group Anonymous.

TheJournal.ie has not been able to access CIA.gov this evening since spotting the tweet from the Anonymous-affiliated Twitter account at about 8.45pm.

Although the official website of the Central Intelligence Agency of the United States seems to be down, there is no way of confirming it is the result of a hacking job by Anonymous.

The tweet earlier today simply read, “CIA Tango Down.” Tango down is a slang term used by military forces to indicate an enemy has been eliminated.

If the site’s downtime is due to a denial-of-service-attack on CIA.gov users, it will be one of the group’s most ambitious moves.

Many Anonymous cyberattacks are carried out by co-ordinating an overwhelming number of visits to one website to overload its servers.

The group has previously targeted the US Department of Justice and the US Copyright Office, as well as Universal Music Group and Warner Music.

As of 22.15pm, the website was still inaccessible.

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