As the area around Syria is recently becoming even more heated than before and a foreign intervention into the civil war in the country appears to be more and more possible every day now, apparently the hackers had something in mind. The hackers of the Syrian Electronic Army left a message to their US counterparts, calling them “brothers” and openly targeting President Obama.
September 2, 2013
The Syrian Electronic Army (SEA) has hacked Monday the marines.com website. The SEA is often depicted as a group of hackers who strongly support the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Many believe that it emerged in May 2011, during the first Syrian uprisings, when it started attacking a wide array of media outlets and non-profits and spamming popular Facebook pages like President Obama’s and Oprah Winfrey’s with pro-Assad comments.
The Independent released a screenshot of the hacked website showing the message that read: “Dear US Marines, this is a message written by your brothers in the Syrian army who have been fighting Al-Qaeda for the last 3 years. We understand your patriotism and love for your country so please understand our love for ours”.
The hackers added that “Obama is a traitor who wants to put your lives in danger to rescue Al-Qaeda insurgents… The Syrian army should be your ally not your enemy”. The screenshot that appeared in British media shows that the SEA calls on the US marines to refuse their 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,” appeals the message. Previously, the group attacked also the Guardian, the Washington Post, the Financial Times, as well as Twitter feeds for Reuters, the AP and BBC Weather. More recently, the SEA took down the website of The New York Times.