The Syrian Electronic Army, a group of pro-Syrian regime hackers that has aggressively targeted major news organizations and activists, has claimed credit for a 20-hour-long outage of the New York Times website.
Several Twitter users posted screenshots of a "Hacked by SEA" message they said they received when they went to the New York Times homepage Tuesday.
It's not the first such action by the group; in recent months, it claims to have hacked major UK and U.S. news organizations, as well as Columbia University and rights group Human Rights Watch. CNN.com has been the target of similar attacks.
After the latest apparent hack, fresh questions are being asked about what the Syrian Electronic Army is, where it's from and how it operates.
In its own words, on that website, the Syrian Electronic Army says, "We are a group of enthusiastic Syrian youths who could not stay passive towards the massive distortion of facts about the recent uprising in Syria."
The group appears to have made it its mission to embarrass media organizations in the United States and European nations it perceives as hostile to the government of President Bashar al-Assad
In recent weeks, some anti-Assad groups have emerged, one calling itself the al-Nusra Electronic Army, in a reference to one of the key rebel groups involved in the fight against al-Assad's forces. A sectarian divide has also emerged, with some Shiite groups defacing Sunni groups' websites and vice versa, Noman said.....snip~
What is the Syrian Electronic Army? - CNN.com
These are the guys that were responsible for saying the White House was attacked an Obama was injured. Also the piece states Assad knew of them back before he was President. Do you think these Hackers can cause our ships any problems? Any of Missiles? What about communications?
Also I would note the Cyber war now taking place between the Sunni and the Shia.