Anonymous Syrian Hack 311.
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hacking community Anonymous joined the Syrian anti-government
protesters Monday, allegedly swapping the content of the Syrian Ministry of Defense
website with a message of support for anti-regime protesters, CNN reported. The attack is the latest Internet sabotage
carried out by the group against an Arab government since the start of
the so-called Arab Spring last January.
The group reportedly replaced the Syrian Ministry of Defense
website's content with still images from amateur
anti-regime clips, a Syrian flag carrying the group's logo - a headless
man in a suit - and a message of support to anti-government protesters.
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By Monday morning, the Syrian Ministry of Defense website was offline.
At the time of the hack, the home page of the government website carried a message for protesters from Anonymous, which read: "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."
The statement also said of the Syrian army: "You are responsible for
protecting the Syrian people, and anyone who orders you to kill women,
children, and the elderly deserves to be tried for treason."
The brutal crackdown by Assad's government has caused
over 2,000 deaths
since protests against the regime began over four months ago.
The loose band of internet hackers known as Anonymous have participated
since the start of Arab Spring anti-government protests, attacking government
websites in Tunisia, the website of the National Democratic Party
then-led by deposed Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak, and Libyan leader
Muammar Gaddafi's personal web page.
The group also threatened to attack the Knesset website in June of this year, but that cyber strike never materialized.