Over the past nine days, what may be a small collective of hackers have taken down the websites of various state governments—apparently at random and without repercussion.If these guys have any motive beyond mischief, they’re not saying. At one point they linked to a site that purported to explain their reasons for repeatedly targeting maine.gov. Put simply: Confusing matters further are #Vikingdom2015’s distributed denial-of-service attacks on virtually unknown digital properties like the Dictionary of Scottish Architects, or the humble blog of a retired British sailor, as well as the operation’s peculiar focus on places like Bangor, Maine, and Columbia, Mo. The site for radio station the Eagle 93.9, based in the latter city, evidently hasn’t come back online since going dark on March 16. Journalists have speculated, based on since-deleted tweets, links, and bios, that the group might be affiliated with the hacker league Anonymous, or even based in Russia. Whoever controls the @Vikingdom2015 handle denied as much and ridiculed these claims, then lashed out against a Bangor-based Fox affiliate that chose to actively troll them. News outlets weren’t the only ones mocking #Vikingdom2015, either. It’s anyone’s guess as to how long these shenanigans might continue unimpeded—or whether they’ll ever escalate beyond the DDoS tactic and logging the IP addresses of site visitors. To judge by interactions with interested observers, the campaign seems frivolous by design. All the same, the cabal doesn’t necessarily want for ambition. The Daily Dot reached out to @Vikingdom2015 for additional comment, but we’ve yet to see a reply. Anyway, take heart, state employees—maybe you’ll get to go home early today.
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