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Syrian Electronic Army claims responsibility for hacking U.S. Army website

By Danielle Haynes
Syrian Electronic Army claims responsibility for hacking U.S. Army website
The Syrian Electronic Army on Monday claimed responsibility for hacking the U.S. Army website. File photo by SP-Photo/Shutterstock

WASHINGTON, June 8 (UPI) -- Syrian hackers have claimed responsibility for infiltrating the U.S. Army's public website Monday, though U.S. officials said no sensitive data was accessed.

The Syrian Electronic Army on Twitter said it was responsible for posting an unauthorized message on the Army.mil website.

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"You've been hacked," the message said. "Your commanders admit they are training the people they have sent you to die fighting."

Army Brig. Gen. Malcolm Frost, chief of public affairs, said the website's "service provider's content was compromised."

"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," he said.

The Syrian Electronic Army has ties to the Syrian President Bashar Assad regime, CBS News reported. The group briefly shut down the Washington Post mobile site earlier this year and in 2013 hacked the Associated Press' Twitter account to say the White House had been attacked.

The news comes just days after the personal data of 4 million current and former federal employees in the United States was breached by a data hack.

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