Following our report yesterday that hacktivist group Anonymous had attacked the website of the Syrian government, Syrian hackers have hit back and defaced AnonPlus, the budding social networking site for the group.
The Syrian hackers took down the holding page for the site and posted the following message in its place:
“In response to your hacking to the website of the Syrian Ministry of Defence, the Syrian people have decided to purify the internet of your pathetic website.”
“Your website has been hacked, and here we leave you these photos showing the scale of terrorism committed by Muslim Brotherhood Organization, whose members have been killing Syrian citizens – civilian and military.”
“You are defending this terrorits [sic] organization and this is our response. Here is photos of the Syrian Army Martyrs.”
The pictures published are said to be graphic in content and the site is currently offline.
However, according to some tweets by members of LulzSec, the AnonPlus site is nothing to do with their partners in cyber-crime. In one tweet, LulzSec leader Sabu claimed that the site is a “troll domain” that belongs to someone called Adam who lives in Perth, Australia.
However, it seems certain that Anonymous is aware of the defacement whatever the case, so the message will have reached its intended target.
The University of Toronto’s Citizen Lab credited the AnonPlus defacement to the ‘Syrian Electronic Army’, but the defacement itself didn’t give the name of those responsible. This is the second time the holding page has been hacked recently, ironically enough.
The website for the Syrian government was taken down quickly following the Anonymous attack, and remains down at the time of publishing this article.