Syrian Cyber Army Hacks Websites Of Belgian News Outlets, Orient News

November 16, 2016

 

The Syrian Cyber Army (SCA) is a relatively unknown pro-Assad Syrian hacking group. According to the “about” page of their website, “Syrian Cyber Army unites hackers, journalists, authors & activists – ordinary citizens of Syria, Iraq and other countries of the Middle East who fight ISIS and other terrorist groups. We declare war on deceitful media and institutions that follow orders of the United States and their allies in their coverage of the situation in the Middle East.”[1]

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Facebook Page

SCA’s Facebook page consists of very little information or activity, with only 13 likes as of November 14, 2016. There are six posts to the page by the same individual, dating to February of 2015.[2]

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Hack Of Belgian News Outlets

On October 24, 2016, SCA took responsibility for several distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks took place against various Belgian media news outlets. Targets included the websites of De Standaard, Het Niewsblad, Gazet van Antwerpen, Het Belang van Limburg, and RTFB.

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A statement posted on SCA’s website said that they attacked Belgian media targets because they failed to report that Belgian military jets had participated in airstrikes against the town of Hassadjek, near Aleppo in Syria. According to Softpedia, Het Niewsblad accused Russia of financing SCA, and claimed that they used servers in Turkey to carry out the attacks. Belgian authorities believe that SCA members have close ties with the Syrian Electronic Army.

Hack Of Orient News

On October 13, 2015, SCA posted a bulletin on its website claiming that it had “blocked access” to the Orient News channel website, as well as the websites of Sham Legion, Alwiya al-Furqan, and Darbuna.net, a pro-Western Syrian opposition website. They also claimed to have “destroyed” websites that “distributed extremist propaganda against the Syrian people, and false information about actions of the Syrian Arab Army.”

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Sources: Syrian-cyber-army.net, October 24, 2016; News.softpedia.com, October 25, 2016

[1] Syrian-cyber-army.net/index.php.

[2] Facebook.com/Syrian.C.Army, November 14, 2016.