By Wayne B. Drash and Jim B. Morris
ATLANTA (CNN) -- Hackers broke into the CIA's World Wide Web
home page (http://www.odci.gov/cia/) Thursday morning,
altered it, added obscenities and changed the agency's name on the page
to the "Central Stupidity Agency."
The CIA, which took down the site shortly after 7:30 a.m.
EDT, said the hackers did not gain access to the agency's
private files. "This (the publicly available CIA Web site) is
on an entirely different circuit from everyone else at the
CIA," agency spokesman Rick Oborn told CNN.
He said the CIA did not know who was responsible for the
hacking or when the page would be restored. "A team is
being pulled together to assess how many layers (of the site)
were affected and how we can get it back on line," Oborn
An anonymous phone caller tipped CNN Interactive to the
break-in, saying Swedish hackers were responsible.
The phone call was received about 5:45 a.m. EDT. When asked
what the hackers had done to the page, the man said, "I think
you should just take a look at it."
He then hung up without further comment. He did not leave his
name or identify a specific group.
The hacked site greeted Internet surfers with: "Welcome to
the Central Stupidity Agency," followed by the statement,
"STOP LYING BO SKARINDER!!!" Underneath, the same phrase
was repeated in Swedish: "SLUTA LJUG BO SKARINDER!!!"
Skarinder is the lead attorney in a court case in which several telecommunications companies, including the Swedish conglomerate Telia, have pressed charges against hackers. Further details about why the hackers accused him of lying were not immediately available.
Below the hackers' greeting, several links were provided to
various Internet sites, including Playboy, Hackerz.org,
Flashback Magazine and protocols from The Swedish Hackers
Lower on the page, the hackers, calling themselves "Power
Through Resistance," left an obscenity-laced message.
Oborn, the CIA spokesman, said he was unfamiliar with
Skarinder, Power Through Resistance or the Swedish Hackers
Internet break-ins have become an increasing concern for U.S.
defense and intelligence agencies. Last month, hackers broke
into the Justice Department's Web site, adding swastikas,
obscenities and a picture of Adolf Hitler to the page.
Justice officials quickly pulled the plug on the vandalized
page and assured that the hackers did not gain access to