The U.S. Army's public website has been hacked by someone demanding that the U.S. stop training rebel fighters in Syria, NBCNews.com
Defense officials confirm the hack to NBC, saying no classified information or private personnel data were affected.
Popup messages reportedly proclaimed "YOU'VE BEEN HACKED" and added "YOUR COMMANDERS ADMIT THEY ARE TRAINING THE PEOPLE THEY HAVE SENT YOU TO DIE FIGHTING."
According to Newsweek
, the Syrian Electronic Army claimed credit for the attack on army.mil.
The group shared screenshots of the messages on Twitter.
It was unclear whether the Army or the hackers shut the website down, NBC reported. The website contains general information about the Army for the public, including press releases and news stories written by the Army.
Messages about the hack first began appearing at 1 p.m. ET, and the site was taken down by 3 p.m.
The Facebook account for the Fort Bragg, North Carolina, military base urges users to avoid Army.mil because it has been hacked by the SEA, National Journal
The website is currently offline and a cached version still shows the pop-up messages, National Journal reports. Messages include, "Stop training the terrorists!" and "Your government is corrupt don't listen to it!"
The group is friendly to Syrian President Basher Assad and has successfully hacked into such websites as CNBC, Forbes, The Chicago Tribune, and The Washington Post's mobile site, National Journal notes.
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