The CIA's Web site was down Friday afternoon in what looked like a distributed denial-of-service attack publicized by members of the online activist group Anonymous.
A CIA representative declined to comment on the matter to CBS News beyond offering this statement: "We are looking into these reports."
The site was back online Saturday.
The Anonymous account also posted on Friday a Pastebin link purporting to expose e-mails from the Mexican Mining Chamber, also known as "Camimex." In the Pastebin message, the hackers said they were targeting Camimex for its alleged exploitative labor conditions and business practices.
Earlier on Friday a hacker or group going by the moniker "Casi" took credit for hacking the Web site of the United Nations and released what appeared to be information on vulnerabilities on the site. It was unclear why the UN was targeted. The move did not have the hallmarks of an Anonymous operation, including a clearly written message and the Anonymous motto: "We are Anonymous. We are legion. We do not forgive. We do not forget."
Anonymous has a history of targeting law enforcement and related agencies on Fridays. Last week itthat Anonymous snooped on as officials discussed the group and affiliate hackers. It also claimed that day to have hacked into police sites in Texas, Boston, and Salt Lake City, as well as the , and it claimed to have stolen e-mails. ( lists much of Anonymous' activity since last year.)
Updated 2:35 p.m. PTwith CIA comment, and Saturday, February 11, 12:22 p.m. PT with information on site being back online.