The hacker group LulzSec claims to have attacked the website of the UK's Serious Organised Crime Agency, also known as Soca.
In a message posted to Twitter at around 4:45pm UK time on Monday, LulzSec stated: "Tango down — soca.gov.uk — in the name of #AntiSec." The hashtag 'AntiSec' is a reference to an 'Anti-Security' campaign launched by LulzSec on Sunday, to "encourage any vessel, large or small, to open fire on any government or agency that crosses their path".
At the time, LulzSec claimed to be affiliated with rival hacker group Anonymous on the Anti-Security mission.
ZDNet UK can confirm that the soca.gov.uk website was indeed down for a few minutes, although it is now up and running again. (UPDATE: As at 7:30pm, the Soca website has been going down and coming back up repeatedly; when up, it is frequently very slow to load).
"We are aware of claims that the Soca website has been attacked," a Soca spokesman told ZDNet UK. "The picture is not clear at this time and we are investigating the matter with our service provider."