Syrian Group Hacks Washington Post Website
The Syrian Electronic Army may be sending political message
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 15, 2013 2:05 PM CDT
In this Feb. 27, 2008, file photo, The Washington Post sign is seen on its building in Washington.   (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

(Newser) – Hackers who support Syrian President Bashar al-Assad hacked into the Washington Post today, redirecting its readers to the hackers' website, PC Mag reports. The Post and the Syrian Electronic Army disagreed about how the group accessed the site, but regardless it's up and running now. The upshot: After hacking the social media accounts of other media outlets and even causing a stock market drop, the SEA has no intention of going away, the Daily Beast reports.

Originally, the SEA took action to retaliate against the anti-Muslim film The Innocence of the Muslims, targeting media outlets that appeared to criticize al-Assad. Now a self-described SEA leader says the group wants revenge for Twitter closing its account 15 times. Why hack at all? To show "the world the truth about what is happening in Syria," he said. "There is no revolution in Syria, but terrorist groups killing people accusing [the] Syrian Arab Army." He claims the group is led by nine college students who aren't affiliated with al-Assad.

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Aug 16, 2013 5:42 AM CDT
They have no affiliation with al-Assad, I mean come on! A 'self-described SEA leader' and his 9 other Syrian babykillers want revenge on a newspaper and Twitter? Well, @we'regonnagettwiiter-allahracbach don't be so public with your anger. You're gonna get backlash from a much more professional group like Anonymous. They will bring the world down on your cyber hashish eating asses.
Aug 15, 2013 2:20 PM CDT
Good. They have to make their presence known to the american propaganda-machine in whatever way they can. WaPo certainly would never have acknowledged the existence of Assad-supporters on purpose. When the US was building it's propaganda efforts to overthrow Libya, they constantly showed footage of rallies of thousands of citizens in support of Qaddafi, smiling and waving green flags, with voice-overs from reporters calling them "massive protests and riots against the evil dictator!" Americans swallow whatever lies their corrupt media and government spew out, with no question. Such a pathetic parody of freedom.