The official website of the United States Army was compromised yesterday, with the Syrian Electronic Army claiming responsibility for the hack. Several messages were displayed by the hackers, but since the website acts as a public information tool that anyone can access, there wasn’t any confidential information that could have been stolen. Either way, this is definitely an embarrassment for the American military.
The Syrian Electronic Army is taking credit for hacking the U.S. Army’s public website. On Monday afternoon, the site was disabled after it displayed messages including, “YOU’VE BEEN HACKED” and “YOUR COMMANDERS ADMIT THEY ARE TRAINING THE PEOPLE THEY HAVE SENT YOU TO DIE FIGHTING,” according to NBC News. The U.S. Army confirmed to CNN the web page had been compromised. “Today an element of the Army.mil service provider’s content was compromised. After this came to our attention, the Army took appropriate preventive measures to ensure there was no breach of Army data by taking down the website temporarily,” spokesman Brig. Gen. Malcom B. Frost said in a statement. The Syrian Electronic Army later claimed the attack on Twitter, sharing a screen-shot of one of the pop-ups on the Army’s website with the caption, “One of #SEA messages left on the US Army website. #SEA #USArmy.”