The US army has temporarily taken down its website after a hacking attempt.
According to reports an element of the army.mil website was compromised and shortly after webmasters shut down the website in order to ensure that no data was breached. Officials are now stressing that the website contained no official classified information or any private personal data.
US Brig Gen Malcolm Frost, chief of public affairs stated: “After this came to our attention, the Army took appropriate preventive measures to ensure there was no breach of Army data by taking down the website temporarily.”
The Syrian Electronic Army, which supports President Bashar al-Assad has claimed responsibility for the attack, where viewers claim that the website displayed the message: “YOU’VE BEEN HACKED” and “YOUR COMMANDERS ADMIT THEY ARE TRAINING THE PEOPLE THEY HAVE SENT YOU TO DIE FIGHTING”
The website provides general public information about the Army, including press releases and new stories.
This comes shortly after hackers attacked federal government computers and five months prior to this the US Central Command had to temporarily close the social channels YouTube and Twitter after they were hacked and started posting Islamic State messages.