A band of hackers by the collective name of LulzSec brought the CIA’s website down for the count Wednesday, and while they were at it the technogeeks broke into the Senate’s site.

If LulzSec’s distinctive name rings a bell, that may be because it’s the hacktivist outfit that let PBS know its critique of a show about WikiLeaks last month.

“Political Hotsheet” on CBS News:

Meanwhile, the CIA website was taken down Wednesday afternoon. The hacktivist group LulzSec group claimed credit.

“Tango Down–cia.gov–for the lulz,” it wrote on Twitter.

Deputy Senate Sergeant at Arms Martina Bradford said the hackers’ attempts to penetrate the Senate network failed. They were able to download some information from the public site, she said, but could not access sensitive data because they were blocked by a firewall.

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