FBI Web Site Socked As Hackers Target Feds
Washington-the FBI shut down its website yesterday after it was overloaded with computer hackers – the latest in a wave of attacks on government Internet sites.
Over the past two weeks, tech saboteurs have attacked and shut down the white house and Senate websites.
Yesterday, hackers shut down a Virginia government website and left a message: “We think it’s payback time.”
FBI spokesman Paul Bresson said the attack on the Bureau’s website may have been linked to recent raids on alleged hackers in Seattle, Houston and California.
Bresson said the website is a public relations tool that is not related to computers used by FBI agents.
“They have never penetrated security firewalls, ” he said. “People don’t have to worry about national security or any other FBI data.”
An obscene message left on the Senate website says hackers are taking revenge on “our friends at the FBI ” for investigating hackers.
“Who’s laughing last?” the message asked.
Senate spokeswoman sherry little said the congressional email system was not affected.
Bresson said the FBI shut down the site after hackers overloaded it, leading to a denial of service.
He said he hopes the site will work again this weekend.
A group of computer experts gathered to work on improving the site’s security.
The FBI recently stepped up its investigation into suspected hackers.
He raided the suspected hacker’s home in Houston and seized everything he needed.
And earlier this month, a Grand jury in Northern Virginia indicted 19-year-old Eric burns on three counts of computer intrusion.
Burns is known online as a cyclone and is believed to be part of a group that claimed responsibility for attacks on the White House and Senate websites.
He was accused of hacking into a computer used by an American news Agency between August 1998 and January 1999.