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Global hacking network Anonymous said it will shut down Syrian government websites around the world in response to a countrywide Internet blackout believed to be aimed at silencing the opposition to President Bashar al-Assad.
The Syrian government said "terrorists" had attacked Internet lines but the opposition and human rights groups suspect it to be the work of the authorities.
By 1000 GMT on Friday, the website for Syria's embassy in Belgium was down but the embassy in China - which Anonymous said it would target first - was operating. Most government ministry websites were down although this could be due to the blackout.
Originally posted by MastaShake
they dont just shut down websites. they also steal a bunch of information.
Official Syrian Web Sites Hosted in U.S.
Even as Syrians lost access to the Internet on Thursday, people outside the country could still browse the Syrian government’s many Web sites for much of the day because they are hosted in foreign countries, including the United States.
By nightfall, after being contacted by The New York Times, several host companies said they were taking down those sites.
For example, the Web site of SANA, the Syrian state news agency, is hosted by a Dallas company, SoftLayer Technologies. It is one of a handful of Internet providers based in the United States that sell their services, often unknowingly, to Web sites operated by the government of President Bashar al-Assad.
An executive order by President Obama prohibits American companies from providing Web hosting and other services to Syria without obtaining a license from the Treasury Department.
The hosting of government Web sites overseas represents a growing technological sophistication by the Assad government. “Look what they did with chemical weapons. They can do the same with communications,” said Robert B. Baer, a former C.I.A. operative based in the Middle East. “When the Syrians want to do something, they can do it.”
Originally posted by anon4m05
Some may categorize the actions of Anon as "useless", such as DDOS attacks; we might say their activities don't have much impact.
What do I see? I see a generation of resistance. Sure, their hacking skills may not be *crazy* atm, but what they have demonstrated is a solid commitment to doing something. Give them a couple years; wait till they learn new tricks, have access to new info or technologies. It will get interesting, mark my words.