Syrian hackers strike back against Anonymous

Syrian hackers strike back against Anonymous

Summary: The drama for the infamous and international hacker group Anonymous continues in Syria.

TOPICS: Security

Not all hackers are united. That could not be more evident based on the latest hacking attempt, this time on Anonymous rather than by its own members.

Of course, Anonymous did do something to incite the attack. The worldwide network recently took credit for defacing Syria's Ministry of Defense website, which prompted some loyal citizens/hackers to strike back. They did so by posting the following message with some disturbing photographs on Anonymous' social network, AnonPlus.

In response to your hacking to the website of the Syrian Ministry of Defence, the Syrian people have decided to purify the internet of [y]our pathetic website.

The images and the post were still live on AnonPlus' home page when this article was published. (Only visit the site at your own risk.)

However, Anonymous has not come out and specifically named anyone who they believe or know to be responsible.

ComputerWorld reports that a group dubbed as the Syrian Electronic Army, as cited in a Tweet from the Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto, is responsible for defacing AnonPlus. They could be the likely culprits as the group has been reportedly known to attack other sites critical of Syria in the past.

Breaking into Syria's defense websites isn't the first time that Anonymous has breached a governmental network. This was actually one of Anonymous' more hacktivist-like campaigns (rather than say, breaking into Sony's PlayStation Network) as it was decrying the "brutal regime of [Syrian President] Bashar Al-Assad."

However, this is the first time (at least on this scale) that we've seen other hackers turn on Anonymous with nationalism as the motive -- if that is even what happened.


Topic: Security

Kick off your day with ZDNet's daily email newsletter. It's the freshest tech news and opinion, served hot. Get it.


Log in or register to join the discussion
  • Are we sure they were private citizens?

    Or was it the Syrian government itself, or maybe members of the ruling Baath party?
    John L. Ries
    • RE: Syrian hackers strike back against Anonymous

      @John L. Ries Thats pretty obvious, either you are part of the patronage system or you hate the government.
      Tommy S.
      • nothing is clear and obvious when it comes to hacking and politics.

        @Tommy S.

        we can't take anything for granted in this electronic world.
        with all the handles and misleading names that citizens use on the net, people are not always what they seem.
        this is why trapping sexual predators is not very difficult to do.
        there a reports that liberal activists planted people with despicable signs at TEA rallies.
        most politicians will try to obfuscate the truth with misdirection and hateful accusations.
        and not all patrons will advertise themselves as such.
        believe only half of what you see and none of what you hear.
        prove everything.
        as the word of God says, by two or three witnesses let every word be established.

    • RE: Syrian hackers strike back against Anonymous

      @John L. Ries Why not Eastern European hackers for hire? I'm sure they'd be willing to do it for the money. Chinese, Russian, and other hackers likewise.
      • RE: Syrian hackers strike back against Anonymous

        reply to wessonjoe / @Tommy S.

        there is one context where you don't really need to implement the word of God on three witnesses.. That is when you are sitting in your living room listening to Michelle Bachman or Sarah Palin shooting out hateful things for themselves... directly viewed with my own eyes, heard with my own ears, and available on youtube... Liberal planting of terrible signage in Tea party rallies??? PLEASE... at least stand up for your own idiologies, or back off if you don't have the guts to admit it propagates hatred.

        Mohamed Shams (My REAL name)
  • Message has been deleted.

  • RE: Syrian hackers strike back against Anonymous

    I say good for them, whomever they were. Anonymous has no legal basis in anything they do. If someone in the Syrian Government attacked them, good for them. I do not support the actions of the Syrian govenment against their people, but just think if anyone were to take up arms against the government her don't you believe they would be met with like force? If you don't agree with what the govenment says, then find a way of expressing your opinion without violence, it at all possible.
    As for Bachman and Palin hating anyone or anything I don't believe it. They stand up for what they believe in and it isn't what is going on in our government now.