Hackers have targeted the website of the National Crime Agency in an apparent revenge attack.
The site was inaccessible this morning and a Twitter account linked to the hacking collective known as Lizard Squad appeared to claim responsibility.
It is thought the website was taken down in a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack, in which web servers or websites are flooded with massive amounts of data - leaving them inaccessible to visitors.
It comes days after the NCA announced six teenagers were arrested on suspicion of launching attacks using a service created by the group, which previously targeted Xbox and Playstation networks.
Those arrested last week were an 18-year-old from Huddersfield, West Yorkshire; an 18-year-old from Manchester; a 16-year-old from Northampton; and a 15-year-old from Stockport.
Two other suspects, both 17, were arrested earlier this year. One is from Cardiff while the other is from Northolt, north-west London.
All six have been bailed, while a further two 18-year-olds - one from Manchester and one from Milton Keynes - were interviewed under caution.
The suspects were held during an operation targeting alleged users of a tool known as Lizard Stresser.
Today, a Lizard Squad Twitter account posted a message saying: “Stressed out? http://www.nationalcrimeagency.gov.uk/ #offline.”
An NCA spokesman said its website is an “attractive target” and attacks are “a fact of life”.
He added: “DDoS is a blunt form of attack which takes volume and not skill.It isn’t a security breach, and it doesn’t affect our operational capability. At worst, it is a temporary inconvenience to users of our website”.
Lizard Stresser is seen as a “DDos for hire” facility which gained notoriety among the hacking community after the group known as Lizard Squad claimed to have knocked Sony PlayStation and Xbox gaming services offline last Christmas.
None of those arrested in the most recent police activity are accused of involvement in those incidents, nor are they believed to be members of Lizard Squad.
The National Crime Agency (NCA) said they are suspected of maliciously deploying Lizard Stresser, having bought it using alternative payment services such as Bitcoin in an attempt to remain anonymous.