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LulzSec attacks, shuts down Brazilian government Websites

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(Read caption) LulzSec has struck the Websites of the Brazilian government. 'Tango down,' LulzSec reps trumpeted.

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LulzSec, a shadowy group which has claimed responsibility for a string of high-profile computer hacks, has apparently managed to bring down several major targets in Brazil, including the Websites of the Brazilian government and the President's office. "Tango down," LulzSec trumpeted on its Twitter feed – a phrase used to describe the obliteration of an enemy.

Later, LulzSec followed that tweet up with a second: "Our Brazilian unit is making progress. Well done @LulzSecBrazil, brothers!" As of this morning, both Brazilian sites remain offline.

Meanwhile, yesterday investigators from Scotland Yard arrested Ryan Cleary, a 19-year-old British man suspected of various cyber crimes, including assaults on major US and UK government sites. "[T]he investigation into [Cleary's] activities was being driven by the FBI, and it seems likely they will want to have him extradited to the US so they can question him about attacks on American websites," a source told the Daily Telegraph.

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