The hacktivist group Anonymous has announced a cyber war against Syrian Government websites hosted outside the country.
"Today, at precisely 10:30 AM ET all Internet traffic into and out of Syria ceased. Within a half hour of this sudden shut down, the PBX land-lines were degraded by 90% and Mobile connectivity was degraded by 75%. The nation of Syria has gone dark. And Anonymous knows all to well what happens in the dark places." Hacker said in the press release.
"When your government shuts down the Internet, shut down your government." ~ Anonymous Egypt.
" Beginning at 9:00 PM ET USA Anonymous will begin removing from the Internet all web assets belonging to the Assad regime that are NOT hosted in Syria. We will begin with the websites and servers belonging to ALL Syrian Embassies abroad" Hacker said.
The hacker collective has launched distributed denial of service (DDOS) attack against the website of the Syrian Embassy of in China(syria.org.cn).
They also hacked and defaced the Syrian Embassy website in Belgium (syrianembassy.be)
*Update* As part of the operation, Anonymous Australia has defaced the Industrial Bank of Syria (industrialbank.gov.sy) and left a message: "Sorry admin but your page was taked by us - Because from Latin America, we are sad seeing destroyed between brother countries. - Please governments."
The press release can be found here: