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Internal error downs NSA site, says official

world Updated: Oct 30, 2013 11:19 IST

The National Security Agency’s website went down for several hours, but the US spy service known for hacking into computer networks blamed the outage on a technical mistake.

The website,, went down on Friday in the afternoon, setting off speculation on Twitter that the site may have suffered a denial of service attack by hackers. But an NSA spokesperson denied the claims, saying they were “not true.” “ was not accessible for several hours tonight because of an internal error that occurred during a scheduled update. The issue will be resolved this evening,” the spokesperson added. “Claims that the outage was caused by a distributed denial of service attack are not true.” The website was operational again around 10:30 pm.

The hacker group anonymous joked about the incident in a tweet, without saying if it had played any role. “Aw don’t panic about being down. They have a backup copy of the internet,” it said.