- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 19, 2012

City government websites in the District failed to load for hours on Thursday, the apparent victims of hackers who wanted to target government sites.

Users and officials noticed that dc.gov-hosted sites were not working in the morning because of a denial-of-service attack, prompting head-scratching at city hall.

“The District government has detected an attempted intrusion into it’s technology infrastructure system,” the D.C. Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management said in an email to specified recipients around noon. “Customers may experience intermittent difficulties in accessing the District’s web site as we attempt to address the issue. We are aggressively working to resolve this matter.”

The websites appeared to work intermittently during the day.

News reports said hacker group known as UGNazi launched the attack as part of a protest against New York City’s municipal government and the District’s.

“The capital of US is in DC,” a statement reported on the news site Sotpedia said.

It was unclear whether the hackers intended to target the larger, federal government’s websites or it they intentionally went after the local government.

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