Syrian hackers appear to vandalize Army website

Syrian hackers appear to vandalize Army website
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The Army’s website was breached on Monday by the group known as the Syrian Electronic Army, according to multiple reports.

The Army acknowledged the intrusion in a statement.

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"Today an element of the Army.mil service provider's content was compromised," Brig. Gen. Malcolm B. 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."

Ars Technica reported that the group had left a message claiming that it was responsible for the attack. It also left a message that said "Your commanders admit they are training the people they have sent you to die fighting."

The website of U.S. Strategic Command also seemed to experience a disruption, but was available to The Hill around 4:00 p.m.

Other pages hosted as subdomains of Army.mil appeared to be operating.

Lieutenant Colonel Martin L. O'Donnell, a spokesperson for U.S. Strategic Command, said that he was unaware of any issues with its website.

The reported attack echoes earlier incidents involving the group. In May, the group claimed responsibility for vandalizing the mobile website of The Washington Post.

The group supports Syrian President Bashar Assad and hits outlets whose coverage of him it views as unfair.