The Syrian Electronic Army is back at it, this time taking down Army.mil, the official website of the U.S. Army.
The U.S. Army has confirmed that their website has been compromised and this highlights a major issue: How could our military’s own infrastructure be hacked? What does this mean for the cyber-security of our nation as a whole?
These are the tough questions that our military leaders will have to answer ASAP.
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Army’s official website was hit Monday by hackers claiming to be with a group known as the Syrian Electronic Army, Fox News has learned.
The site, which was down Monday afternoon, is a declassified public website.
Various screenshots that appeared on Twitter reportedly showed pro-Assad propaganda on the site before it crashed.
“Today an element of the Army.mil service provider’s content was compromised,” Army Brig. Gen. Malcolm Frost said in a statement. “After this came to our attention, the Army took appropriate preventive measures to ensure there was no breach of Army data by taking down the website temporarily.”
The SEA is a hacker group that has claimed in the past to disrupt major news websites, including the New York Times, CBS News, the Washington Post and the BBC.
The SEA website launched its website in May 2011 stating the group’s mission: to attack the enemies of the Syrian government, mainly those who “fabricated” stories about the Syrian civil war. They wrote that they were not officially affiliated with the government but were a group of Syrian youths.