The pro-Bashar al-Assad Syrian Electronic Army claimed responsibility Monday for a cyber attack on the U.S. Marines website.
The SEA reportedly left a message to its “brother” Marines on the website asking them to protest any U.S. strike against Syria.
“[T]he SEA’s message to US marines called on them to view Assad’s forces as brothers-in-arms, claiming a strike against the regime’s targets would aid al-Qaida’s efforts in the region,” the International Business Times reported Monday.
Along with the written message were photos of alleged U.S. “soldiers” protesting potential military involvement in Syria. One man is pictured holding a sign that read: “”I didn’t join the Navy to fight for Al Qaeda in a Syrian civil war.”
However, the paper was unable to verify if the men in the photos were actual members of the U.S. military.
According to the Times, the full SEA message posted early Monday morning on Marines.com read:
This is a message written by your brothers in the Syrian Army, who have been fighting al-Qaida for the last 3 years. We understand your patriotism and love for your country so please understand our love for ours. Obama is a traitor who wants to put your lives in danger to rescue al- Qaida insurgents.
Marines, please take a look at what your comrades think about Obama’s alliance with al-Qaida against Syria. Your officer in charge probably has no qualms about sending you to die against soldiers just like you, fighting a vile common enemy. The Syrian army should be your ally not your enemy.
Refuse your orders and concentrate on the real reason every soldier joins their military, to defend their homeland. You’re more than welcome to fight alongside our army rather than against it.
Your brothers, the Syrian army soldiers. A message delivered by the SEA
The SEA has been busy “targeting media outlets it believes are reporting untruths about what is happening in Syria,” over the past six months, most recently claiming credit for cyber attacks on Twitter and the New York Times just last week, the article said.