ICO website down, DDoS attack suspected


ICO website down, DDoS attack suspected

Karl Flinders

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.

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.

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