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. (Read more Syria stories.)

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