US public army website hacked by Syrian Electronic Army

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Earlier today the US army’s official website (www.army.mil) was hacked by attackers who claimed to be from the Syrian Electronic Army. Besides a message on the page claiming such, the hackers also used a pop-up message to anyone visiting that said: “Your commanders admit they are training the people they have sent you to die fighting”.

US army website hacked

From screenshots on the Syrian Electronic Army’s Twitter account, it seems that the attack accessed a webpage via the Limelight Networks content delivery network. A screenshot indeed shows a Limelight control panel for the account that belongs to the US Army Office of Public Affairs.

A spokesperson from Limelight said, “We take security concerns extremely seriously and, in an abundance of caution, we are conducting a full investigation. At this point we have no reason to believe any customer data has been compromised”.

US Army Hacked

The US Army’s main homepage is still currently down, though other websites they own have not been affected. The website of the US Strategic Command, the joint Department of Defense command that oversees space and nuclear forces, is also down, as well as the official page for US Cyber Command that’s hosted on its domain.

Screenshots of the cyber attack were posted on a Syrian Electronic Army Twitter account, one that has previously posted links to leaked files about connections between the US, Turkish and Saudi governments and Syrian rebels. The account has also shared information about other websites being hacked, such as the International Business Times and the Telegraph last year.

SOURCE: Ars Technica.

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