‘Anonymous’ hacks Syria’s Ministry of Defense website, leaves message

Syria’s Ministry of Defense website has been hacked by Anonymous, an online hacktivist collective. The website, which can be found here, features a message in support of the Syrian people standing against Bashar Al-Assad’s ruthless regime, an image questioning Syria’s current authority, and a steady stream of screenshots directing viewers to YouTube videos of Syrian guards abusing and even killing innocent and unarmed protesters.

In the event that the hack is reversed and the website is restored, this is how the hacked page looks:

At the bottom half of the screen reads a message to the Syrian people and to the Syrian military. The message is written in both English and Arabic.

In English:

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! – Anonymous

In Arabic:

إلى الشعب السوري : إن العالم يقف معكم ضد النظام الوحشي لبشار الاسد. أعرفو أن الوقت والتاريخ ، إلى جانبكم — الطغاة يستخدمون العنف لأن ليس لديهم أي شيء آخر ، و كلما زاد عنفهم، كلما أكثر هشاشة اصبحو. نحيي تصميمكم على أن تكملوا سلمياً في مواجهة وحشية النظام ، ونعجب استعدادكم لتحقيق العدالة و ليس الانتقام. سوف يسقط جميع الطغاة ، وبفضل شجاعتكم… بشار الأسد هو التالي

الى الجيش السوري : أنت مسؤول عن حماية الشعب السوري، وكل من يأمرك بقتل النساء والأطفال والمسنين يستحق أن يحاكم بتهمة الخيانة. لا يمكن لأي عدو خارجي أن يلحق الضرر بسوريا بقدر ما قام به بشار الاسد. دافعوا عن بلدكم – انتفضوا ضد النظام – مجهول

The following image shows how Syria’s Ministry of Defense website looked in the past. This screenshot is from an archive of the website on June 29, 2011.

This is the kind of gutsy ingenuity that demands attention and helps lead to change.

Sami Kishawi

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