A group that refers to themselves as the Syrian Electronic Army hacked the United States Marine Corps website today. The attack re-directed anyone visiting the site to an alternative site that displayed a message stating that the Marines should fight for Syria and called the Marines brothers. The alternative site also showed five people dressed like Marines holding signs saying they didn't join the Marines to fight for Al-Qaeda.
“Obama is a traitor who wants to put your lives in danger to rescue al-Qaeda insurgents,” according to the posting on the website, marines.com. “Marines, please take a look at what your comrades think about Obama’s alliance with al-Qaeda against Syria.”
A spokesman for the site, Captain Eric Flanagan said that since the site itself wasn't hacked but just re-directed it wasn't long before they were able to rectify the problem. He also mentions that no confidential information or personal date was compromised. His statements are fairly typical of the Syrian Electronic Army since the majority of their attacks seem to focus on bringing attention to the Syrian cause.
For months the SEA has been focusing on large media sites to pull off their attacks. The first of these attacks credited to them was in late April of this year when they hacked into the twitter account of the Associated Press and put out a false report saying that the White House had been bombed. Since that time they have attacked several major news sites. One of the biggest of these was when they hacked into Outbrain on August 15, 2013. That attack temporarily brought down the sites of The Washington Post, Time and CNN. This is the first time that one of their re-directing hacks has targeted an actual military site showing that the group is getting more bold.
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