After Anonymous claimed that it had defaced Syria’s Ministry of Defence website for squashing anti-government protesters, it seems that it took on a little more than just a website.
Anonymous hit the site and posted “The world stands with you against the brutal regime of Basher al-Assad, All tyrants will fall, and thanks to your bravery Basher al-Assad is next.” The site is still offline.
However, according to ComputerWorld, the response from Syria was swift. A Syrian hacker group posted gruesome snaps on Anonymous’ embryonic social network AnonPlus.
The posts appear to have come from the “Syrian Electronic Army” which twittered that it had decided to purify the internet of Anonymous’s “pathetic website.”
The Syrian Electronic Army has been linked to defacements of sites that have posted content critical of the Syrian regime. There is a widespread belief that it is supported by the government if not a military unit in its own right.
The pictures on AnonPlus included grisly photographs of burned bodies and claimed that Syrian citizens and military personnel have been killed by demonstrators. In other words, State Propaganda has snapped.
Syria is having a hard time convincing anyone in the outside world that it is doing anything more than killing civilians who it thinks are revolting.
Already three Gulf countries, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Kuwait, have recalled their ambassadors to Damascus in protest of President Bashar al-Assad’s suppression of the demonstrations.