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London: The website of Britain’s National Crime Agency (NCA) was temporarily taken down on Tuesday in a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack by hacking group Lizard Squad, a media report said. The attack was carried out several days after the NCA announced that six teenagers were arrested on suspicion of using a DDoS tool developed by Lizard Squad to target websites, Xinhua reported. Lizard Squad claimed responsibility for the attack on Twitter.

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The arrests were part of a police operation targeting users of Lizard Squad’s Lizard Stresser tool, a software that allowed users to pay to take websites offline for up to eight hours at a time, according to a previous NCA statement.
But an NCA spokesman said the DDoS attack wasn’t a security breach, and it did not affect the agency’s operational capability. “At worst, it is a temporary inconvenience to users of our website. “In a situation like this, the measures NCA had in place could make sure that its website went back to normal in more or less 30 minutes, the spokesman also said.

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Thai government face serious ‘cyber war’ threat

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 NewsGram Staff Writer

Bangkok: Cyber activists have threatened a full-fledged “cyber war” against the Thai government for its refusal to respond to their demands to formally scrap a controversial single gateway proposal, the media reported on Sunday.

In preparation for subsequent attacks, a group calling itself “Thailand F5 Cyber Army” is recruiting netizens through online courses aimed at temporarily shutting down government websites, The Bangkok Post reported.

“What we’ve done so far is only symbolic. We want the government to realize the extent to which people are against the proposal,” said a group official. “As for serious attacks on the government’s IT system – we haven’t even started them, ” the group added.

The single gateway will be implemented to control access to websites deemed inappropriate and monitor the influx of information from abroad. The plan is designed to target websites with domains that are registered abroad, which the Thai government cannot order to close down.

The activists on September 30 and October 1 repeatedly refreshed the home pages of government websites simultaneously, a tactic known as a distributed denial of service attack (DDoS), to overload servers and make the web pages slow or temporarily unavailable.

The information and communication technology ministry last week announced it would abandon the single gateway plan.

But the activists said they would continue their campaign until the proposal was formally scrapped by a cabinet order.

The government has threatened legal action against those who participate in the cyber-attacks.

(With inputs from IANS)