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Marines reinforce cyber defenses after Syria hack

Sep. 10, 2013 - 03:45AM   |  
By MICHAEL PECK   |   Comments
Hackers claiming loyalty to the Syrian government hijacked the Corps' recruiting website Sept. 2, redirecting visitors to a page calling the president a traitor.
Hackers claiming loyalty to the Syrian government hijacked the Corps' recruiting website Sept. 2, redirecting visitors to a page calling the president a traitor. ()
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The Marine Corps is reinforcing its cyber defenses after its website was hacked by the pro-government Syrian Electronic Army last week, according to Marine Corps Times.

The hackers redirected visitors to Marines.com to another site that urged Marines to disobey any order by President Barack Obama to attack Syria, as well as showing photos of ostensible U.S. troops holding signs protesting a U.S. strike.

“Steps have been taken to deter this type of redirect in the future,” Capt. Tyler Balzer, a Marine spokesman, told Marine Corps Times, though he did not provide details of how they are upgrading cybersecurity. Balzer said actual content on the site was not changed.

He stressed that Marines.com is a recruiting page, and that the official Marine Corps site and other official .mil sites were not affected.

“There are a number of robust protocols in place to protect Marine networks, and those have been entirely successful thus far,” he said.

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