… at least if you belong to the infamous Lizard Squad. Remember our article from a few days back which talked about the 6 teenagers who got arrested for using the Lizard Stresser? Now the National Crime Agency (NCA) website itself was targeted by a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack on Tuesday morning – and the Lizard Squad is claiming responsibility.
— Lizard Squad (@LizardLands) 1. September 2015
According to Sky News the website was down for more than two hours because of said attack with access being restored just before 11am. A spokesman for the Nation Crime Agency said that “the NCA website is an attractive target. Attacks on it are a fact of life. DDoS is a blunt form of attack which takes volume and not skill.”
“It isn’t a security breach, and it doesn’t affect our operational capability.”
“At worst it is a temporary inconvenience to users of our website. We have a duty to balance the value of keeping our website accessible with the cost of doing so, especially in the face of a threat which can scale up endlessly.”
While the above statement may be generally true, DDoS attacks are on the rise everywhere. According to several studies the number of attacks is going up and when hit, such an attack can become more than a mere nuisance.