The CIA's Web site was down this afternoon in what looked like a distributed denial-of-service attack publicized by members of the online activist group Anonymous.
A CIA spokesman declined to comment on the matter to CBS News beyond offering this statement: "We are looking into these reports."
The Anonymous account also posted 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 today 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 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 Friday. Last week it
Updated 2:35 p.m. PT with CIA comment.