Just going through the Twitter feeds and one of our favorite security professors that we follow mentioned that the US Department of Defense Cyber Crime Center (DC3) was down:
As this article is posted, the site still appears to be offline, see screenshot above from the “Down for Every One or Just Me” website.
A quick check of DC3.mil through whatsmydns.net also shows that numerous global DNS servers can’t communicate with it:
It doesn’t seem to be completely down as pinging the address does return a response from the hosting company. But the web server is definitely offline.
According to Wikipedia, “The Department of Defense Cyber Crime Center (DC3) is an United States Department of Defense agency that provides digital forensics support to the DoD and to other law enforcement agencies. DC3’s main focus is in criminal, counterintelligence, counterterrorism, and fraud investigations from the Defense Criminal Investigative Organizations (DCIOs), DoD counterintelligence groups, and various Inspector General groups. The Air Force Office of Special Investigations is the executive agent of DC3.“
DC3 also hosts a popular annual Digital Forensics Challenge.
Not sure at this point if it is just a technical problem, scheduled maintenance or possibly the work of hacktivists. Though a quick search of the normal hacktivist news feeds didn’t net anything.
We will post an update as soon as we know more.