Anonymous hacks Syrian MoD site

Headless hackers Anonyomous have gained access to the official website of Syrian Ministry of Defense and delivered a message to the Syrian people currently cowering under the shadow of President Assad's jackboot.

"To the Syrian people: The world stands with you against the brutal regime of Bashar Al-Assad", they wrote on the site. "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."

The hack followed reports that Syrian forces were firing on civilians. Close to 50 people were thought to have been killed in city of Deir al-Zour over the weekend with reports of killings by government forces emerging from other towns in the country, despite the ban on foreign journalists entering Syrian territory. Much of the news comes from Twitter and Facebook.

Anonymous also had a message for 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," they wrote. "No outside enemy could do as much damage to Syria as Bashar Al-Assad has done. Defend your country - rise up against the regime!"

Even Saudi Arabia has moved to condemn the Syrian violence. Something tells us this is one hack teh FBI won't be too bothered about investigating.

Replacing the traditional website at http://mod.gov.sy/ was an adapted Syrian flag, now featuring the Anonymous logo, with a message below in Arabic and English, saying the following:

"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."

It continued, "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"

This is just the latest incident in a weekend of hacker activity; On Friday, Anonymous hackers broke into the websites and emails of 70 U.S. police networks, and Saturday saw hackers at the DefCon convention run a contest to see which company had the most lax computer security. Oracle had the misfortune of winning the competition.