WASHINGTON- Computer hackers aligned with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad struck an Internet recruiting site for the US Marine Corps on Monday, urging troops to "refuse your orders" if the United States attacks Syria.
The attack appeared to be the work of the Syrian Electronic Army, which also recently targeted the New York Times' website and Twitter.
The hackers posted a message and images on the website www.marines.com, signing it "delivered by SEA," a reference to the Syrian Electronic Army. A Defense Department spokesman said the site, on commercial network rather than the Defense Department network, had been restored after an outage of a few hours.
The seven-sentence "Message to the United States Marine Corps," said the Syrian Army "should be your ally, not your enemy" against "a vile common enemy" of terrorism.