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Pro-Assad supporters rally in Syria.  (Source: AFP/Getty Images)
The Syrian Electronic Army (SEA) attacks USMC website

Given how much money the U.S. spends on cyber-intelligence, it's kind of amazing how woefully vulnerable the frontends of top U.S. government pages have been.  The latest high-profile government page to fall victim to foreign hackers is one of the primary U.S. Marine Corp. (USMC) webpages.

After attacks on The New York Times and Twitter, the Syrian Electronic Army -- a group of hackers in Syria who support President Bashar al-Assad -- hijacked the domain and redirected it to a defaced page they created.  The site is used as a recruiting page for the USMC, whose primary domain is

The page has a "warning" to U.S. Marines about interfering in the nation's civil war, which states:

This is a message written by your brothers in the Syrian Army, who have been fighting al-Qaida for the last 3 years. We understand your patriotism and love for your country so please understand our love for ours. Obama is a traitor who wants to put your lives in danger to rescue al- Qaida insurgents.

Marines, please take a look at what your comrades think about Obama's alliance with al-Qaida against Syria. Your officer in charge probably has no qualms about sending you to die against soldiers just like you, fighting a vile common enemy. The Syrian army should be your ally not your enemy.

Refuse your orders and concentrate on the real reason every soldier joins their military, to defend their homeland.  You're more than welcome to fight alongside our army rather than against it.

Your brothers, the Syrian army soldiers. A message delivered by the SEA.

The domain remained hijacked for several hours early Monday morning with users redirected to the replacement page.  By 9 am, though, the USMC had regained control of their domain, stomping out the SEA's efforts.

Syrian Electronic Army USMC page redirect
[Image Source: The Independent]

The SEA -- who uses hacker group Anonymous's slogan "expect us" -- has been repeatedly attacking the webpages of governments and media outlets in the U.S. and Europe who have criticized the President al-Assad's regime in recent months.  A twitter statement posted on the SEA's official account brags "Syrian electronic army penetrates [USMC] site [translated]."

The U.S. has been preparing for a potential missile strike on Syria ever since President Barack Obama (D) accused Syria's Bashar al-Assad of using deadly nerve gas missile attacks on rebel strongholds in the cities of Jobar, Zamalka, 'Ain Tirma, and Hazzah, killing over a thousand people and injuring thousands more.

While President Obama has condemned the attacks, he has opted to wait for the UN to complete its analysis of samples gathered from the attack sites and to get Congressional approval before carrying out any military action.  On Sunday various Syrian officials and state media sources blasted President Obama's decision as "hesitant and confused" and described his actions as "[a] historic American retreat".

Sources: Syrian Electronic Army on Twitter, The Independent

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recognize propaganda when you read it!!
By ptmmac on 9/2/2013 2:23:14 PM , Rating: 4
This is nothing more or less than a propaganda piece from the Syrians. We definitely do not have the right to claim that Syria is the only bad guy here. We do have a problem if this goes unanswered because chemical weapons are ineffective militarily, but they are very effective as instruments of genocide. Genocide is bad news because it is very effective politically, and cheap to do with agents like Sarin gas. We do not want this to become an acceptable tactic. We do not want this type of weapon to be easily obtained in the market for military Arms. Al Qaida has access to those same markets and could easily steal sarin from the Syrians if it becomes commonly used in this conflict.

Terrorists with easy access to Sarin is one of our worst nightmares.

The Marines do not spend their money hardening their front web page. This is nothing more than a newspaper quality website. Front pages for popular websites can and are used as honey pots to protect more sensitive pages.

By ritualm on 9/2/2013 6:18:30 PM , Rating: 1
Governments have easy access to Sarin. That's worse than terrorists with easy access to the stuff.

By Jeffk464 on 9/2/2013 8:34:56 PM , Rating: 2
How are they ineffective, except for the immorality they are strategically great. You wipe out the other side without damaging any equipment or infrastructure. Whatever tanks, APC's, or aircraft the enemy had now belongs to you.

RE: recognize propaganda when you read it!!
By Skywalker123 on 9/3/2013 10:21:40 AM , Rating: 5
Duh, you are drinking the American kool-aid. Why would Syria use chemical weapons when they are winning?, and U.N. inspectors have just arrived? Saudi arabia has given sarin to the rebels.

RE: recognize propaganda when you read it!!
By superflex on 9/4/2013 5:24:59 PM , Rating: 2

The ignorance of 99% of the posters here is staggering.
The Syria conflict is all about destabilizing Russia's Gazprom lock on EU's natural gas purchases. The EU has no other source of cheap NatGas other than Russia. Qatar and Saudi Arabia both want to build a pipeline through Syria and Turkey to supply the EU with ME NatGas. The house of Saud is providing the Wahhabi Al Qadia rebels (i.e the liver and heart eaters)and the Qatari's are providing Muslim Brotherhood rebels (Christian beheaders). Both countiries want to destabilize Syria. America has an interest in allowing one of these two factions to win so the PetroDollar can prevail and America gain a foothold in the EU NatGas bonanza.

Hint: oil is sold in USD while NatGas is sold in the producer's currency. Think about it.

Less than a decade ago, a large off shore NatGas reserve was discovered off the coast of..........Syria, Cyprus and Israel. Guess why the Cypriots got their currency destabilized. Lots of Gazprom profits were housed in Cyprus.

Saudi Arabia supplied the Sarin (or most likely chlorine gas) to it's Al Qaeda rebels and false flagged you morons into beveling that Syria did this when they were clearly winning the war and had no reason to do this. If it was truly weapons grade Sarin, why didn't any of the first responders don chemical protective gear or become sick from exposure?

Russia has two military ports in Syria is not about the give up those locations or it's lock on the EU NatGas market. The majority of the Black Sea fleet including the flagship cruiser Moskva just entered the Mediterranean.
This will be ugly.

Ooooh look, a new iPhone. Shiny.

By toolazy666 on 9/5/2013 12:56:08 PM , Rating: 2
I'm amazed how you managed to belittle the move of an entire country to demand their right of freedom after being under a dictatorship for 40 years, and change it into simply a matter of "NatGas prices" issue....

any insights on global warming and world economy....?

By toolazy666 on 9/5/2013 12:53:31 PM , Rating: 2
Duh, you are drinking the American kool-aid. Why would Syria use chemical weapons when they are winning?, and U.N. inspectors have just arrived? Saudi arabia has given sarin to the rebels.

winning...I think I'm missing something or you're watching too much government controlled tv

RE: recognize propaganda when you read it!!
By Ammohunt on 9/3/2013 2:51:08 PM , Rating: 2
chemical weapons are ineffective militarily, but they are very effective as instruments of genocide

Sorry, if deployed properly they are extremely effective militarily ask the Iraqis. The problem is not chemicals weapons specifically its any WMD in the hands of primitive screwheads. America like Russia has huge stockpiles of Nerve Agents, Blood Agents, Blister Agents and Biological agents which haven't been used since the great war.

RE: recognize propaganda when you read it!!
By ptmmac on 9/4/2013 12:36:10 AM , Rating: 2
Against untrained troops and civilians, chemical weapons work. Against veteran troops with the proper equipment such as wwI it just didnt make a difference. In any case, it is not something we want to become as common as a weapon of war.

By Reclaimer77 on 9/4/2013 1:51:40 AM , Rating: 2
Chemical weapons in Syria, who cares.

What difference does it make if Obama has “evidence” or not that the Syrian government is using chemical weapons? It should be none of the business of the U.S. regardless of the facts. By arguing about whether Assad is using chemical weapons or not, the stage is set with a built in excuse for war, because all that has to happen to justify the carnage is some sort of “evidence,” accurate or not, that these weapons have been used. That should be irrelevant because Syria is no threat to the U.S. By framing the argument around the weapons, the government wins the argument every time, for if this time it isn’t successful, the next false flag will be.

There is now a new way to create a war. Obama has invented it.

At this point in its history, the empire no longer needs to be attacked, by an actual or fabricated attack. It no longer needs to manufacture a pretext. It no longer needs to say that there is a threat of a threat. It no longer needs to suspect weapons of mass destruction. It no longer needs to point to an humanitarian concern. It no longer needs to mention national security.

Obama’s method is simple. Make a threat by drawing a red line. There need be no relation of that line to any U.S. interest or to national defense or an attack on America. The red line can refer solely to the behavior of some government (maybe even some splinter group) in some foreign land.

Then when the line is breached, the president declares that he must attack or else his resolve and reputation for strength will be undermined. The maintenance of a commitment to make war becomes the reason for the war.

This is a bootstrap method of getting a war going. The threshold for making a war has been lowered again and again and again. This is the lowest bar yet.

By Ammohunt on 9/4/2013 2:00:47 PM , Rating: 2
Against veteran troops with the proper equipment such as wwI it just didnt make a difference.

I have been through NBC training and let me tell you you could not be more wrong. There is no way to completely avoid contact with chemical agents most of the equipment is provided to prolong the fight as long as possible not eliminate exposure. Exposure = casualty = win.

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