is down. Any number of entities might like to claim credit, but Anonymous seems to be first (via various accounts on Twitter). No hard reporting available yet, however, and given the target in question, I wouldn't hold my breath waiting for them to confirm.

15 Responses to “CIA website down”

  1. relawson says:

    Step one: get BoingBoing to post a story about website X being down.
    Step two: wait…


  2. abulafia says:

    Probably refreshing their Spring line of spies… 

  3. Guest says:

    $ nslookup

    Non-authoritative answer:

    $ whois

    NetRange: -
    NetName:        OIT-BLK1
    NetHandle:      NET-198-81-128-0-1
    Parent:         NET-198-80-0-0-1
    NetType:        Reassigned
    RegDate:        1997-02-11
    Updated:        1998-03-30

    OrgName:        Central Intelligence Agency
    OrgId:          CIA-1
    Address:        GCS, ND1
    City:           Washington
    StateProv:      DC
    PostalCode:     20505
    Country:        US
    RegDate:        1992-07-22
    Updated:        2011-09-24

    NetRange: -
    NetName:        BLK198-15-ANS
    NetHandle:      NET-198-80-0-0-1
    Parent:         NET-198-0-0-0-0
    NetType:        Direct Allocation
    RegDate:        1993-03-26
    Updated:        2002-10-10

    OrgName:        ANS Communications, Inc
    OrgId:          ANS
    Address:        22001 Loudoun County Parkway
    City:           Ashburn
    StateProv:      VA
    PostalCode:     20147
    Country:        US
    RegDate:        1991-07-12
    Updated:        2009-12-07
    Ref:   is nowhere close to the CIA’s networks. It is in fact hosted by AOL Network Services (aka ANS Communications Inc., and has been since the CIA put up a public-facing website back when AOL was the dominant ISP.)

  4. Quiche de Resistance says:


  5. Guest says:

    BB ate my comment, probably because the block of WHOIS text looked like spam or something…

    In short: isn’t really “on” the CIA’s network. It is hosted by AOL Network Services (rebranded ANS Communications at some point) and has been ever since the CIA established a public-facing website back in the AOL days.

    If you have never taken a look at the CIA World Factbook,  I assure you it is a fascinating read. The factbook is very accurate and up-to-date, so much so that it was formerly considered “sensitive but unclassified” and wasn’t on their public website.

  6. Pope Ratzo says:

    They just want you to THINK that the website is down.

    You’re playing right into their hands!

  7. Chicago_SC says:

    It was Johnny and he was…


  8. That_Anonymous_Coward says:

    A public facing website of no real consequence went down…
    Cue pundits demanding we stop this Cyber Armageddon by getting rid of all computing devices and instead rely on technology the **AA’s control and understand.

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