Anonymous hacks Syrian government website
Ministry of Defence site displays Syrian flag superimposed with the Anonymous logo
Hacker group Anonymous broke into the Syrian Ministry of Defence's website, mod.gov.sy on Sunday night and left a screen with a mock up of the Syrian flag with the Anonymous logo of a faceless man in the middle, in place of normal website content.
A message to the Syrian people from Anonymous is revealed in English and Arabic on the screen, the message reads:
"To the Syrian people: The world stands with you against the brutal regime of Bashar Al-Assad. Know that time and history are on your side - tyrants use violence because they have nothing else, and the more violent they are, the more fragile they become. We salute your determination to be non-violent in the face of the regime's brutality, and admire your willingness to pursue justice, not mere revenge. All tyrants will fall, and thanks to your bravery Bashar Al-Assad is next. To the Syrian military: You are responsible for protecting the Syrian people, and anyone who orders you to kill women, children, and the elderly deserves to be tried for treason. No outside enemy could do as much damage to Syria as Bashar Al-Assad has done. Defend your country - rise up against the regime!"
The top of the page became a stream of YouTube links to videos of Syrian soldiers defecting and images of destruction in various Syrian cities.
The hack happened shortly after the Syrian army attacked rebel-held Deir al-Zour.
The webpage has now been taken offline and displays only a blank screen.