Syrian Electronic Army takes down US Marines site with new hack

The Syrian Electronic Army [SEA] has successfully hacked the US Marines website and in the process sent a message to the country’s government.

The group of hackers, which supports the Syrian government, posted a message on the Marines.com site that argued the government has been “fighting a vile common enemy” for three years.

“This is a message written by your brothers in the Syrian Army, who have been fighting Al Qaeda for the last three years. We understand your patriotism and love for your country so please understand our love for ours. Obama is a traitor who wants to put your lives in danger to rescue Al Qaeda insurgents,” the message read.

It continued: “Marines, please take a look at what your comrades think about Obama's alliance with Al Qaeda against Syria. Your officer in charge probably has no qualms about sending you to die against soldiers just like you, fighting a vile common enemy. The Syrian army should be your ally not your enemy. 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.”

SEA’s message was accompanied by various images of people in US military regalia with written messages in front of their faces saying “I will not fight for Al Qaeda” and various others.

The Marines issued a statement earlier today that stated the site is now back online and that they’ll be monitoring the situation from here forwards to prevent any more attacks.

The SEA made its return late last month by forcing the New York Times website offline as the US prepared to launch missile strikes against the Syrian regime. They originally emerged this time last year with The Guardian, the BBC, Reuters, and The Onion all targeted by the hacking group.