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Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) website blocked

An apparent attack by hackers has created serious disruption to the ICO website, in what the ICO believes was a deliberate act.

Tweets on social networking site Twitter, claimed that Anonymous; a loosely-organised group of hackers which has regularly targeted official websites, was behind the attack.

An ICO spokesman said the site contained no sensitive data:

“Access to the ICO website has been disrupted over the past few days. We believe this is due to a distributed denial of service attack,” he said.

“The website itself has not been damaged, but people have been unable to access it. We provide a public-facing website which contains no sensitive information.

“We regret this disruption to our service and we are working to try to bring the website back online as soon as possible.”