Brazil government latest victim of hacker attack

BRASILIA,  (Reuters) – Hackers briefly disabled  three websites belonging to the Brazilian government early yesterday in the latest of an international wave of cyber  attacks on companies and organizations.

The sites for Brazil’s federal government, presidency, and  tax collection agency were inaccessible to the public for about  two and a half hours overnight but their operation has since  been restored, Gilberto Paganotto, the head of Brazil’s  computer data agency, told Reuters.

Paganotto said the hackers did not access sensitive  information from the sites. He said he was unaware of the  source of the attack.

However, the website for Brazil’s Estado de S.Paulo  newspaper said that the Lulz Security group of hackers had  taken credit for the attack.

LulzSec has made widely publicized assaults on Sony Corp,  the CIA, News Corp’s Fox TV, the British police Serious  Organised Crime Agency and other targets. The attacks have  mostly resulted in temporary disruptions to websites and the  release of user credentials.

LulzSec said on Monday in a Twitter message that it was  seeking to hack government websites to leak “classified  government information.”

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