De FBI is afgelopen vrijdag zelf doelwit geworden van een distributed denial of service attack. De FBI bleek niet in staat te zijn om zich tegen de aanval te verweren, met als gevolg dat de website van de Federal Bureau of Investigation gedurende drie uur onbereikbaar was:
Not wanting to miss the denial-of-service party which so many sites have had lately, the FBI site held one of its own. The attack shut down its servers for several hours.
Late Friday, the FBI made public its inability to handle distributed denial-of-service attacks. The federal site was taken offline for three hours on February 18. The attack doesn't appear to be similar to those suffered by the FBI last year.
Last year, many federal sites were hacked and/or disabled in an ongoing battle between the government and hackers.
An FBI spokesman claimed indecision as to whether a technical fault or flat-out malicious attack shut down the server, but maintained "vandals" were responsible.
No casualties were suffered in the attack.