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The USA’s National Security Agency (NSA), lately the source of near-endless controversy for spying on just about the entire internet, has itself hit trouble online after its website went down.

The agency has ‘fessed up to some website wobbles last Friday, but has issued a statement to all and sundry that says “an internal error that occurred during a scheduled update” was the source of the outage. The statement went on to say “The issue will be resolved this evening. Claims that the outage was caused by a distributed denial of service attack are not true.”

The last statement looks correct: online agitators aren’t claiming to have taken down the agency’s site and are instead making light of the situation with Tweets such as the one below.

As The Reg researched this story, the site was down again for a period of about half an hour. We’ve no way of knowing if that outage is related to Friday’s outage. But we’re sure the NSA will read this story and try to figure out just what went wrong.®

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