With military strike looming, FBI warns on possible cyber attacks

Posted Sep 8, 2013 by Michael Krebs
With the possibility of a US military strike on the Assad regime in Syria looming, the FBI warned that a hacking group operating out of Syria could intensify its efforts against American interests.
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As President Obama and his Democratic allies in congress continued to press their case for a military strike against the Assad regime in Syria, the FBI issued a cyber-security warning — saying a sophisticated Syrian hacking operation could pose a threat to American businesses and infrastructure functions.
The Syrian Electronic Army has been "highly effective in compromising multiple high-profile media outlets," the FBI reminded US business leaders in an email delivered to them on Friday, according to an NBC News report.
"The possibility of U.S. military action in Syria may lead to further escalation of computer network operations by pro-Syrian or other aligned cyber actors," the FBI email stated.
The FBI's heightened concerns has also led Syrian Electronic Army's inclusion on the FBI's most wanted list, with all Syrian Electronic Army supporters being designated as terrorists, the International Business Times reported.
The Syrian Electronic Army has also met resistance from Anonymous, the agenda-focused hacking collective.
"They are, by their own choice of allegiance to the dictator, the enemies of Anonymous," said Anonymous organizer "Commander X" in an interview with Vice, as Daily Tech reported. "And they introduced themselves into the conflict fairly early on with a rather spectacular hack of a fairly well known Anonymous web site. We, in turn, responded by attacking their web assets and that conflict continues to this day."
The Obama administration has been warned by its international allies to take it slow with Syria and to wait for the United Nations report on the alleged August chemical weapons attack. President Obama will address the American people on Tuesday, and congress is expected to vote this week on the White House request to use force.