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Published: Monday, 9/2/2013

Marine Web site compromised with pro-Assad message

ASSOCIATED PRESS

WASHINGTON  — A Marine Corps spokesman says the Marines’ recruiting Web site was tampered with and redirected temporarily, but no information was put at risk.

Capt. Eric Flanagan wouldn’t say who was responsible for the hacking, but the site was redirected to a message from the Syrian Electronic Army, a hacker group that’s claimed responsibility for disrupting the New York Times Web site, Twitter and other media sites the group sees as sympathetic to Syria’s rebels.

The message to the Marine Corps was a plea for Americans to fight alongside the Syrian army and not aide the rebels.

President Barack Obama is seeking congressional approval for U.S. military intervention in Syria in response to the suspected August chemical weapons attack on Syrian rebels who are trying to oust Syrian President Bashar Assad from power.


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