Anonymous Hacks Brutal Syrian Military

The iron-fisted crackdown against Syrian rebels (and civilians) has attracted the vandalizing ire of Anonymous, who've defaced the government's Ministry of Defense site. A superficial hack, but a sign that the collective's got their eye on the country's bloodshed.

The post-hack site, which I'm unable to load at the moment from New York, displayed a message of solidarity for the Syrian uprising in both English and Arabic:

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 damage to Syria as Bashar Al-Assad has done. Defend your country - rise up against the regime! - Anonymous

Again, site defacements are superficial attacks, but the prospect of an offensive against the Syrian government (as opposed to the usual fare of cops and corps) would mark an interesting shift for Anonymous, and one that might have the potential to shift current events on the ground. [via ycombinator]