The website of the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has been grounded by a suspected distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack
Reports online claim that a group with links to the Anonymous hacktivist collective is behind the attack, over what it believes is corruption in the Leveson inquiry.
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An ICO spokesman said access to the ICO website has been disrupted over the past few days.
“We believe this is due to a distributed denial of service attack. The website itself has not been damaged, but people have been unable to access it. We provide a public facing website which contains no sensitive information,” he said.
A UK-based Anonymous group calling itself the A Team told website TechWeekEurope it had hit the data protection regulator because of a failure to protect privacy. “The ICO is not equipped, nor has the motivation to ensure that we are protected,” said an A Team spokesman.