U.S. Army Site Caught with Metaphorical Pants Down by Syrian Hackers

...and it was a PR site, too.

system failureThe U.S. military defends our shores from tyranny, oppression, and the wicked ne’er-do-wells that mean this country and its citizens harm. While they are protecting us and our interests at home and abroad, you might expect someone with an above-average knowledge of the old IT to protect them.

That wasn’t the case yesterday.

According to Reuters, the U.S. Army temporarily took down its public relations Army.mil website after a group calling itself the Syrian Electronic Army hacked the page and posted messages like this one…

That was 1 p.m. By 3 p.m., the entire website was taken down and replaced by a text box that looked like this:

hacked syrian army

“After this came to our attention, the Army took appropriate preventive measures to ensure there was no breach of Army data by taking down the website temporarily,” said Army Brigadier General Malcolm Frost, the chief of Army public affairs.

Why did they do it? Because they could, unfortunately. Why did they want to do it? Again, just because.

The SEA has already hacked The New York Times, Twitter, Microsoft, CNBC, and quite a few other properties.

The really bad thing about this one is that it was a PR website. Surely, there can be a press release about that.