Elite UK police agency website downed by Lulzsec
SOCA left eggfaced by DDoS
The Serious Organised Crime Agency is facing serious embarrassment this morning - it was forced to take its website offline last night after an attack by LulzSec hackers.
The Metropolitan Police is still suffering big computer problems of its own and Soca's website doesn't include operational functions but this is still humiliating for the top cops.
LulzSec told its Twitter followers: "Tango down - soca.gov.uk - in the name of #AntiSec".
The Police confirmed to the BBC that it had been hit by a distributed denial of service attack.
It said: "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." Soca is of course in good company - LulzSec has taken down the FBI, the CIA as well as various gaming companies. ®
DDoS != hacking
Having your site taken down by a DDoS just means you didn't put in the money and thus infrastructure to handle this. Your site isn't hacked, just not available.
If that is how they had to bring it down, it means they couldn't hack it? If it is, then this is actually positive news, no?
LulzSec != Hackers
Script kiddies? Some will be, yes.
Freedom fighters? Depends on your point of view I guess.
Hackers? No. Not not, not ever.
This is a tech website, kindly use the term "hacker" only when it is appropriate.
Oh so many things wrong with you
"And for those of you who think these folk are criminals, let me put it to you. Losing your house keys is unfortunate but leaving your house unlocked is plain stupidity."
1) Even if your house is unlocked if someone steals from it it is still theft.
2) It was a DDOS, not a hack. A DDOS is analogous to a group of people standing outside your house stopping you from entering, not breaking in and stealing things.