The UK's Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) was forced to take its website offline on Wednesday night after it was hit by a distributed denial of service attack (DDoS).
The organisation, which recently took 36 sites suspected of offering stolen credit card data offline, said that taking the site offline was a proactive measure taken after it noticed attacks being directed at its site.
"SOCA elected to take its website temporarily offline at approximately 10pm last night. The action was taken to limit the impact of a distributed denial of service attack on other clients hosted by our service provider," a spokesperson said.
"SOCA's website contains only publicly-available information and does not provide access to operational material."
The DDoS attack comes as threat of cyber attacks continues to dominate the headlines, with Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude warning on Thursday that the UK is likely to face an increased number of attacks during the Olympics.
"This year's Olympics in the United Kingdom will not be immune to cyber attacks by those who would seek to disrupt the Games," he said in a speech delivered in Estonia.
"We have rightly been preparing for some time - a dedicated unit will help guard the London Olympics against cyber attack - we are determined to have a safe and secure Games."
The UK also strengthened its partnership with the Japanese government in order to ensure the two nations work together to tackle the scourge of cyber crime and promote shared values on internet governance.
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