Anonymous Hacks Syrian Ministry of Defense Website

Posted Aug 8, 2011

Last night the infamous hacktivist cohort Anonymous took down the Syrian Ministry of Defense’s website and replaced it with this message:

?To the Syrian people: The world stands with you against the brutal regime of Bashar Al-Assad. Know that time and history are on your side ? tyrants use violence because they have nothing else, and the more violent they are, the more fragile they become. We salute your determination to be non-violent in the face of the regime?s brutality, and admire your willingness to pursue justice, not mere revenge. All tyrants will fall, and thanks to your bravery Bashar Al-Assad is next.

To the Syrian military: You are responsible for protecting the Syrian people, and anyone who orders you to kill women, children, and the elderly deserves to be tried for treason. No outside enemy could do as much damage to Syria as Bashar Al-Assad has done. Defend your country ? rise up against the regime! ? Anonymous?

The site is currently down.

The source code for the hacked site includes, as TheNextWeb reports, a message that “ was seized for the people by Poppy.” The political unrest in Syria has been creating public protests since January, and the hacktivists provided videos on the hacked Ministry of Defense site to demonstrate the unrest and injustice in the country as well as messages from defecting former Syrian military personnel who support an overthrow of the current regime.