Reports indicate that the hacker collective known as LulzSec conducted a successful attack against a public-facing website of the Central Intelligence Agency on Wednesday.
LulzSec recently claimed responsibility for attacks against the U.S. Senate website, as well as for the hacking of networks belonging to the Atlanta chapter of FBI affiliate InfraGard. The group defaced the organization's website and exposed InfraGard's email database.
LulzSec claims to have also hacked Sony Pictures, Sony Entertainment and Sony BMG, compromising the data for over one million customers as well as gaining access to admin passwords, music "codes" and "coupons".
LulzSec also recently gained unauthorized access to the online networks belonging to Public Broadcasting System in protest of a Frontline documentary examining the whistleblower organization WikiLeaks and accused federal document leaker Bradley Manning.
The latest distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack, which caused periodic outages for the CIA site, was announced with a Twitter message from the group stating, "Tango down - cia.gov - for the lulz."
"Tango down" is the trademark Twitter message usually issued by anti-jihadi hacktivist The Jester when targeting a website with his XerXeS DoS tool. According to The Tech Herald, the use of The Jester's catch-phrase was a deliberate taunt.
The Jester replied in kind by Tweeting, “Expect me. My silence is not an indication of weakness, as your mouth is an indication of yours,” and that “no comforting words from this point on. My silence previous, and forthcoming, is the anti-you.”
This could be the beginning of another clash of the hacktivists, as witnessed earlier this year. The Jester previously traded jabs for several months with members of the rogue hacker group Anonymous after the WikiLeaks takedown, with each threatening to undermine and expose the other's operations.
Strangely enough, they had a meeting of the minds when it came to their mutual disdain for the Westboro Baptist Church after Anonymous defaced one of the church's websites and The Jester maintained attacks on multiple WBC websites for several months earlier this year.
The Jester is known mostly for his repeated denial of service attacks on militant Jihadi websites (video), a psy-ops campaign against Libyan loyalists, as well as his attack on the WikiLeaks website in late November that forced the organization to shuffle Internet hosting providers.