Syrian Ministry of Defense website hacked

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

Once again, hacking has turned political – with the website of the Ministry of Defense in Syria defaced by the Anonymous hacktivist collective.

Amid news reports of thousands of deaths in Syria after the authorities cracked down with deadly force using tanks and armoured vehicles against anti-government protests, visitors to the Syrian military department’s website have been greeted with the Anonymous logo and images and links to videos of dead protesters.

A messsage included on the page in English and Arabic reads:

“To the Syrian people: The world stands with you against the brutal regime of Bashar Al-Assad. Know that time and history are on your side – tyrants use violence because they have nothing else, and the more violent they are, the more fragile they become. We salute your determination to be non-violent in the face of the regime’s brutality, and admire your willingness to pursue justice, not mere revenge. All tyrants will fall, and thanks to your…

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.

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