Pro-Government Syrian Hackers Strike Back Against Anonymous

/ Source: SecurityNewsDaily

A group of pro-government Syrian hackers launched a counterattack today (Aug. 9) against Anonymous, the hacking group that defaced Syria's Ministry of Defense website yesterday.

Hackers hijacked the yet-to-be-launched website of Anonymous' new social networking service AnonPlus, posting on the home page gruesome pictures of burned bodies and allegations that Syrian protestors are responsible for the deaths of Syrian citizens and members of the country's military, Computerworld reported.

The tampered Anonymous page read, "In response to your hacking [to] the website of Syrian Ministry of Defense, the Syrian people have decided to purify the Internet of [y]our pathetic website. Your website has been hacked, and here we leave you these photos showing the scale of terrorism committed by Muslim Brotherhood Organization, whose members have been killing Syrian citizens — civilians and military."

Anonymous, by defacing Syria's Ministry of Defense website yesterday, joined the protest of President Bashar al-Assad's violent campaign against anti-government demonstrators.

In a message posted to Twitter, the University of Toronto's Citizen Lab attributed the retaliatory attack to the Syrian Electronic Army, a group that has been linked to other hacks on websites that have posted content critical of the Syrian regime.