Hacking group Anonymous has taken over the website for the Syrian Ministry of Defense as of midnight Sunday evening. Friday evening the group hacked the websites and emails of over 70 police forces across the U.S. The website shows a mock up Anonymous' logo of the faceless man in a suit in the middle of the Syrian flag. A message to the Syrian people types itself out across the screen in English and in Arabic:
To the Syrian people: The world stands with you against the brutal regime of Bashar Al-Assad. Know that time and history are on your side - 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, and admire your willingness to pursue justice, not mere revenge. All tyrants will fall, and thanks to your bravery Bashar Al-Assad is next.
To 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. No outside enemy could do as much damage to Syria as Bashar Al-Assad has done. Defend your country - rise up against the regime!
Links appear at the bottom of the page to the Syrian Revolution Facebook page, the Shaam News Network, the SNN Youtube account, the SNN Facebook page, the Movement For Justice & Development, the Syrian Free Press Facebook page, the Syrian Uprising Facebook page, the F.N.N. Facebook page, the Monitoring Protests in Syria NGO Facebook page, the Al Jazeera Syria liveblog, the Syrian Interpreter Youtube account, Amnesty International, and finally for a chat room (#operationfreedom) no one was participating in at press time.
The top of the page becomes a stream of Youtube links to videos of soldiers declaring their defections, or of images of the destruction and turmoil in Hama and other distressed cities. The hack came only hours after the Syrian military attacked Deir al-Zour, a rebel controlled city, and killed "dozens" and thousands more fled the city, The New York Times reports. The website, when fully loaded, looked like this: