NSA says website outage was not a hacker attack


A demonstrator wears a mask on Aug. 15, 2011 in San Francisco, California.


Justin Sullivan

The National Security Agency's website was down for several hours Friday, and hackers claimed to have taken it down through a denial of service attack.

While nsa.gov was down, the account “@anonymousAsia,” which may be connected with the hacking group Anonymous, claimed credit for the attack on Twitter, tweeting:

However, the NSA released a statement to the Wall Street Journal, denying its website had been hacked.

The agency said its website went down due to an unspecified internal system error during a scheduled update.

"NSA.gov 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. Claims that the outage was caused by a distributed denial of service attack are not true.”

It's remains unclear exactly why nsa.gov went down.