Only days after pulling off a series of audacious and high-profile hacks on Western companies, the pro-Assad Syrian Electronic Army (SEA) has been left looking a little silly.
Hackers apparently operating from Turkey have given them a taste of their own medicine, hacking the official SEA website and defacing it with their own logo.
The hacking group, who call themselves TurkGivenligi, posted the following message on the SEA website:
"You imbecils will attack our country with fake phishing emails and we'll accept your lies and dont do anything? That is the end you deserve."
This message is accompanied by a quote from the Quran's Surat Ibrahim 14:42: "And never think that Allah is unaware of what the wrongdoers do. He only delays them for a Day when eyes will stare [in horror]."
The message was posted below a logo belonging to the Turkish hacking collective, along with the slogan "Gel Babana," which translates roughly as "Come to Daddy.".
The embarrassing hack comes just days after an attack in which the SEA took control of an official Microsoft blog, as well as several Twitter accounts, and tweeted anti-Microsoft slogans before the Redmond-based company regained control. Over the last 24 hours, they have also posted screen captures of the emails of Microsoft employees. The SEA was also responsible for hacking Skype's social media platforms in the first few days of 2014.
At the time of writing, the SEA website (http://sea.sy/index.htm) is still offline, although evidence of the hack is still clearly visible in Google search results.
Security analyst Graham Cluley believes the Turkish hackers appeared to have got access to the website by targeting the company that hosted the website.
The group supports the President of Syria, Bashar al-Assad in the ongoing Syrian Civil War which has engulfed the country for nearly two years.
At the time of writing, the two rival hacking groups are bickering like schoolchildren on Twitter, trading snarky comebacks.
"We hoped that @Turkguvenligi is really sophisticated," the SEA posted, "but when we found out the method of their hacks, we were really disappointed."
"yes we dont know phishing," the Turksih hackers retorted. "we just broke into one of the biggest host company of russia in 2 days. can u imagine it loser?"
The exchange ended with TurkGuvenligi promising "still u are defaced and you'll everytime have an excuse," taunting the SEA, "call us when you think u are secure and watch. end of conversation."