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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 marines.com 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 marines.mil.

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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RE: difficult
By FaaR on 9/2/2013 6:57:16 PM , Rating: 0
While a gutless republican would blatantly lie to your face about the reason for going to war, you'd ignorantly cheer him right on, and then the US goes and causes the deaths of 100k+ syrian civilians over the course of a decade-long occupation; where's the advantage there?

Btw: halfacommie, lol wut? You really don't have any fraking clue what you're talking about, do you.


RE: difficult
By KCjoker on 9/2/2013 7:31:13 PM , Rating: 2
You mean Clinton and all those other Dems that voted for the war are Republicans? news to me


RE: difficult
By Alexvrb on 9/2/2013 11:14:18 PM , Rating: 4
I didn't exactly cheer HIM on, either - but thanks anyway. My point is that Obama should close his yapper and stop threatening to take actions he's incapable of doing on his own. Let's hope a majority of Congress disagrees with him on this one. If we go charging in, there's no victory scenario to be had in Syria. If we help the rebels depose Bashar al-Assad, the radical elements will seize power.

Oh, and you're clearly not familiar with the radical tendencies of his parents, maternal grandfather, and good ol' "Uncle" Frank Marshall Davis - or any of the others who molded him, and influenced his life and career prior to becoming a Senator. You'd be proud to know that he continued to keep such great company in college too!

But tighten that wool down, elite! You've earned it.


RE: difficult
By flatrock on 9/3/2013 11:52:14 AM , Rating: 1
There's no evidence that the Bush administration lied.

Government's around the world believed Iraq has WMDs.

Stockpiles of WMDs were not found, but the components and means to spin up production of them were found, so the threat wasn't imminent, but was still there.

At the time we had a serious issue with poor intelligence. Our intelligence community was gutted under Carter, built up under Reagan, took pretty deep cuts under Bush Sr despite his history with the community. The economy was in pretty horrible shape at the time, and some cuts were needed. Clinton kept cutting even more deeply and we started seeing the results of it with incidents like the accidental bombing of the Chinese embassy in Belgrade.

By the time 9/11 hit us our intelligence community was in disarray and was crippled by policies that while they were explicitly about protecting civil liberties had far more to do with each organization trying to hang onto their piece of the pie.

Bush made his share of mistakes. But saying he lied about the reasons for the war in Iraq requires an awfully lot of ignoring evidence to the contrary and a lot of blind hate.


RE: difficult
By johnsmith9875 on 9/4/2013 12:57:48 PM , Rating: 2
Obviously with the revelations that we are spending 52 billion dollars in intelligence, that we never had "gutted" funding as you claim.


RE: difficult
By shaidorsai on 9/5/2013 7:14:35 PM , Rating: 1
I think we all know who has no clue what they are talking about. The only thing longer than the list of Lies from Obama is his Pinocchio nose...


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