How secure are we if the Syrian Electronic Army is able to hack our systems?
As the US moves closer to a military strike against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, the pro-Assad Syrian Electronic Army has made one of its most obvious political statements yet. Earlier today, the group successfully defaced the Marines.com recruiting website, posting a plea for service members to refuse any orders to attack Syrian government forces. "Obama is a traitor who wants to put your lives in danger to rescue al-Qaeda insurgents," the page read earlier today, as shown in a screenshot from The Wall Street Journal. "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."
The SEA’s references to al-Qaeda are in line with a common refrain from al-Assad, who describes opponents of his government as terrorists. Along with the text, the page showed images of people in US military uniforms, their faces obscured by signs like "I didn’t join the Marine Corps to fight for al-Qaeda in a Syrian civil war." Fighting in that war, however, seems more likely every day. Since an apparent nerve gas attack left nearly 1,500 dead in mid-August, blame has been largely placed on the Assad regime, though UN weapons inspectors have yet to make an official pronouncement.