Hacktivist group Anonymous have claimed responsibility for hacking the Syrian Ministry of Defence website, and replacing the original site with a call for the military to stand with protesters against President Bashar Al-Assad.
The hackers published the following statement on the website at mod.gov.sy, which has now been removed but mirrored:
To the Syrian people: The world stands with you against the brutal regime of Bashar Al-Assad. Know that time and history are on your side – tyrants use violence because they have nothing else, and the more violent they are, the more fragile they become. We salute your determination to be non-violent in the face of the regime’s brutality, and admire your willingness to pursue justice, not mere revenge. All tyrants will fall, and thanks to your bravery Bashar Al-Assad is next.
To the Syrian military: You are responsible for protecting the Syrian people, and anyone who orders you to kill women, children, and the elderly deserves to be tried for treason. No outside enemy could do as much damageto Syria as Bashar Al-Assad has done. Defend your country – rise up against the regime! – Anonymous
The hacked website also linked to various youtube videos demonstrating the violence against protesters by the military and police, as well various websites supporting the freedom movement in Syria including the Al-Jazeera blog on the situation, Amnesty International report on Syria, the Shaam News Network, the For Syria website, and Facebook pages for the Syrian Free Press, and Syrian Revolution amongst others.