Opposition group hacks Syria's defence ministry website
Computer hackers from the Syrian opposition said Monday they succeeded in a cyber-attack on the Syrian Ministry of Defence website, dpa reported.
The website's page could not be accessed on Monday morning and its content was replaced by an anti-government message and still images from amateur anti-government videos.
A statement on the hacked site read: "To the Syrian people: The world stands with you against the brutal regime of Bashar Al-Assad."
"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...All tyrants will fall, and thanks to your bravery Bashar Al-Assad is next," the message added.
The message, carried both in English and Arabic, also addressed 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."
The bottom of the website featured links to anti-government sites, such as the Facebook of the "The Syrian Revolution 2011," which is the mouthpiece of the Syrian opposition.
More than 1,650 people and around 390 security personnel have been killed since the protests, calling for the ouster of President Bashar al-Assad, began in Syria in mid-March, according to local human rights advocates.