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Marine website compromised with pro-Assad message

Published: Monday, Sept. 2 2013 2:21 p.m. MDT

People rallying for U.S. military action in Syria shout to opponents in front of the White House on Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013, in Washington. A sign at right depicts Syrian President Bashar Assad in the likeness of Adolf Hitler.  (Carolyn Kaster, Associated Press) People rallying for U.S. military action in Syria shout to opponents in front of the White House on Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013, in Washington. A sign at right depicts Syrian President Bashar Assad in the likeness of Adolf Hitler. (Carolyn Kaster, Associated Press)

WASHINGTON — A Marine Corps spokesman says the Marines' recruiting website was tampered with and redirected temporarily, but no information was put at risk.

Capt. Eric Flanagan wouldn't say who was responsible for the hacking, but the site was redirected to a message from the Syrian Electronic Army, a hacker group that's claimed responsibility for disrupting the New York Times website, Twitter and other media sites the group sees as sympathetic to Syria's rebels.

The message to the Marine Corps was a plea for Americans to fight alongside the Syrian army and not aid the rebels.

President Barack Obama is seeking congressional approval for U.S. military intervention in Syria in response to the suspected August chemical weapons attack on Syrian rebels who are trying to oust Syrian President Bashar Assad from power.

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