NSA website hit by technical glitch, not hackers

The website of the US National Security Agency was reportedly down for several hours as a result of an apparent technical glitch and not due to a speculated hack-attack .

ANI| Updated: Oct 26, 2013, 12:19 PM IST

Washington: The website of the US National Security Agency was reportedly down for several hours as a result of an apparent technical glitch and not due to a speculated hack-attack .

The NSA said that its website was not accessible because of an internal error that occurred during a scheduled update, which will be resolved immediately.

The spy agency further clarified that the claims that the outage was caused by a distributed denial of service [DDoS] attack are not true, ABC News reports.

According to the report, the website was down for at least six hours and an agency spokesperson said that the agency`s internal, sensitive network was not compromised and no classified information was at risk.

However, one hacktivist group online claimed that they were responsible for bringing down the NSA site with a sophisticated DDoS attack.

The NSA has been long battling with the allegations of breaching public trust after revelations about the alleged secret surveillance programmes as exposed by whistleblower Edward Snowden.