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Online activist groups Anonymous and RevoluSec hacked into the official
websites of seven Syrian cities and a number of government departments,
Al Jazeera reported on Monday.
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The hackers put caricatures of
Syrian President Bashar Assad on some of the sites and warned the public
of government monitoring. On other sites, they placed an "interactive
map of Syria showing data on those killed in the government's crackdown
after protests began in March, putting the death toll at 2,316,"
according to the report.
member of RevoluSec told Al Jazeera that, "First and foremost, this
operation is about the people of Syria and our full support for them as
they fight for freedom from oppression."
The cyber attack comes
after an overnight military crackdown on dissent in the central region
of Homs, during which Syrian tanks pounded a town on a strategic highway
overnight, injuring at least three people.
Homs has become a
major flashpoint between troops loyal to Assad and army
defectors, backing pro-democracy protesters demanding the president's
Three inhabitants of al-Rastan were injured when
pro-Assad forces opened fire with heavy machine guns mounted on the
tanks surrounding the town, on the main northern highway leading to
Turkey, said residents.
Activists have reported a military push into towns and villages north of
the city of Homs, 165 km (100 miles) north of Damascus, where
increasing numbers of defectors have been organizing and mounting
guerrilla raids on loyalist posts.
Faced with expanding street protests demanding an end to 41 years of
Assad family rule, the Syrian president has sent troops and tanks into cities
and towns across the country.
The military crackdown has killed at least 2,700 people, including 100 children, according to the United Nations.