UK crime agency website attacked

2012-05-03 17:05

London - Britain's Serious and Organised Crime Agency says its website has been taken down following a denial-of-service attack.

A spokesperson said the site was taken down late on Wednesday to "to limit the disruption on other clients of our hosting provider".

Denial-of-service attacks work by flooding a website with bogus traffic, effectively making it unreachable. Large attacks can also jam other websites hosted by the same provider.

Such attacks are easy to launch and generally do little lasting damage. The spokesperson said on Thursday that "we have had one or two before".

He spoke anonymously in line with department policy.