Hackers claiming to be part of the Syrian Electronic Army briefly took control of a United States Marines website early Monday, according to multiple reports.
News outlets including Al-Jazeera America and the International Business Times, as well as at least one cyber-security professional, spotted the hack. The site, marines.com, quickly returned to normal for most but not all users.
Claiming to be representatives of the SEA — which supports embattled ruler Bashar Assad and in recent days also has hit sites including the New York Times and Twitter — the hackers posted a message that read as follows: “This is a message written by your brothers in the Syrian Army, who have been fighting Al-Qaeda 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-Qaeda insurgents.”
The Marines didn’t immediately comment.