Pro Syria hackers attacked the U.S. Marine Corps recruiting website, Marines.com this past Monday. None of the websites information was put at risk. Although, the website was tampered with, it redirected visitors to another site with images of people wearing U.S. military uniforms holding signs that read, “I will not fight for Al Qaeda” and “I didn’t join the Marine Corps to Fight for Al Qaeda in a Syrian civil war.”
The message on the compromised site was a plea for Americans to fight alongside the Syrian army and not aid the rebels.
Capt. Eric Flanagan, spokesman for the Marine Corps, unquestioned that the Syrian Electronic Army claimed responsibility.
“The Syrian army should be your ally not your enemy,” the letter
read. “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.”
This attack happened because the recruiting website is on a commercial network rather than the Pentagon’s
network. The U.S. government has decided to launch a limited strike on
Syria over its alleged use of chemical weapons on August 21, 2013.
A statement given from the Marines recruiting facility said, the site
is now operating normally and they are monitoring the situation to
prevent further attacks.
The Obama administration has now positioned a Navy
ship carrying Marines in the Eastern Mediterranean. U.S. officials said
those Marines are not going to be a part of any strike on Syria. The
strike will most likely be carried out by cruise missiles fired out by
The SEA hacker group
claimed responsibility for disrupting the New York Times, social media
site Twitter and other websites. The SEA told U.S. troops that the
Syrian army was their ally rather than an enemy in fighting the common
enemy of terrorism.
What are your thoughts on this website attack? Is this a plea from the Syrian army or a maneuver to try and deceive Americans?
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Pro-Syrian group hacks U.S. Marines website – USA Today
September 2, 2013
Syrian Electronic Army Hacks Marines Website – The Wall Street Journal
September 2, 2013
US Marines website hacked – DNA