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The NSA Website Is Down, Anonymous May Be Responsible (UPDATE)

(UPDATE BELOW) The website for the National Security Agency, NSA.gov, went down for a few hours on Friday and as of this posting, appears to still be down. It is believed the site is down due to a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack.

A number of Twitter accounts affiliated with the online collective Anonymous have claimed credit for the attack, with a smattering of tweets attributing it to a group called Rustle League.

A spokesperson for the agency told ABC News they are “looking into the issue,” but remain confident their network has not been compromised in the slightest.

This attack comes on the heels of revelations the NSA snooped on the direct communications of dozens of world leaders.

UPDATE: The NSA sent out a statement Friday night explaining what really happened.

“NSA.gov was not accessible for several hours tonight because of an internal error that occurred during a scheduled update,” the NSA said in an emailed statement to ABC News. “The issue will be resolved this evening. Claims that the outage was caused by a distributed denial of service [DDoS] attack are not true.”

[h/t Business Insider]

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