STOCKHOLM (AFP) - Hackers forced the Swedish governments website offline for several hours on Thursday as cyber attacks in support of WikiLeaks and its founder Julian Assange gathered pace, a report said. The Aftonbladet daily said the governments official website,, was offline for a few hours overnight to Thursday, publishing a screen shot which showed the server could not be reached. The site was working normally again later in the day. Government spokeswoman Mari Ternbo told AFP the government did not comment security matters and could not confirm the cyber attack had taken place. Assange, a 39-year-old Australian, is being detained in London pending a hearing on extradition to Sweden, where he is wanted for questioning over rape allegations. Aftonbladet also reported that WikiLeaks supporters had created a website bearing Swedish Justice Minister Beatrice Asks name which then redirected users to WikiLeaks own site. The ministers spokesman, Martin Valfridsson, said that Ask had not previously used that domain name. The targeting of the Swedish government comes after similar cyber attacks against the website of the Swedish prosecutors office and the law firm representing the two women at the centre of the allegations against Assange. The lawyer, Claes Borgstroem, said he suspected the attack came from the same group that had attacked the prosecutors website. Hackers on Wednesday also attacked the websites of credit card giants Mastercard and Visa in revenge for their decisions to cut off funding to the whistleblower website.