The Army’s official website was inaccessible Monday afternoon.
Hackers affiliated with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad swiftly claimed responsibility for taking down the U.S. Army’s website Monday afternoon.
The Syrian Electronic Army took credit for the apparent hack of Army.mil on Twitter, posting a screenshot of an image of the site with the pop-up message reading: “Your commanders admit they are training the people they have sent you to die fighting.”
Army.mil is currently inaccessible. A cached version of the site prompts a pop-up that proclaims “Hacked by the Syrian Electronic Army.” Upon closing that window, another appears: “Stop training the terrorists!” followed by “Your government is corrupt don’t listen to it!”
The Facebook account for the Army’s military base in Fort Bragg, North Carolina, told its followers to “avoid using www.army.mil for the time being.” It added that the site had was reportedly down due to the actions of SEA.
The pro-Assad hacking has successfully penetrated the cyber defenses of a wide-ranging swath of media websites in recent months, including CNBC, Forbes and the Chicago Tribune. Last month SEA briefly took down the Washington Post‘s mobile site.
Full article: Syrian Electronic Army Claims Hack of Army Website (National Journal)