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ICO Website Now Back Online After Anonymous DDoS

The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) website has been under attack for the past few days, but is now back online.

The site came under DDoS fire from Anonymous at the weekend, and has seen serious disruption over the past few days. It was still down late yesterday afternoon.

Anonymous targeting the ICO was apparently part of the group's protest at the Leveson Inquiry into the behaviour of the UK press, which it described as a "farce". The hacktivist collective laid into the ICO for its lack of teeth in policing data breaches.

Anonymous said in a blog post: "Eighty per cent of data protection breaches in the UK are committed by the UK civil service and [are] not properly investigated. There is zero commitment by all our regulators to protect UK citizens from data protection breaches."

The ICO site is now back up, however, with a message apologising for the disruption which has occurred so far this week.

The statement read: "We're sorry that some users may have had problems accessing our site over the past few days. This was due to an attack to our site. The website itself contains no sensitive information and was not damaged."

"We will continue to try and keep our website available to all our users."

Source: IT Pro