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Tango Down: LulzSec take out SOCA website

We heard yesterday that the identities of hacking group LulzSec (Lulz Security) may have been compromised to an FBI agent, but that hasn’t stopped them in their quest to wreak havoc on the internet.

Their latest target is another big one, this time the UK Serious Organised Crime (SOCA) agency’s website (kinda ironic, no?). Throughout Monday afternoon the website suffered with intermittent access and being offline, which has now been accredited to the work of LulzSec.

After denying being involved with the Sega hack and user data leaks earlier this week, LulzSec were quick this time to boast that they were the perpetrators of the SOCA website hack. The group posted to their Twitter account yesterday “Tango down – – in the name of #AntiSec “.

The LulzSec group boast their achievements on Twitter

The group, who still remain unknown, confirmed that they used Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks to bring the SOCA website to its knees. A Denial of Service attack is carried out by a large number of computers controlled by one person or group against its target (in this case SOCA). The large number of computers are used to constantly access a website, resulting in the target’s server becoming overloaded and therefore taking a website offline. From this point it is easier for a group such as LulzSec to gain access to a website or company’s stored data, which is exactly what happened when Sony were hacked.

SOCA themselves confirmed that their website had been a victim of a Denial of Service attack.

“Soca has chosen to take its website offline to limit the impact of DDoS attack on other clients hosted by our service provider.

“The Soca website is a source of information for the general public which is hosted by an external provider. It is not linked to our operational material or the data we hold.”

LulzSec have already hit a series of high profile companies such as Nintendo, Sony and even the US FBI and CIA. They have recently announced via Twitter that they are joining forces with another well known hacker group, Anonymous.

SOCA Quotes Via: BBC