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Syrian Electronic Army Denies Anonymous Exposed Its Members 49

Posted by samzenpus
from the naming-names dept.
judgecorp writes "The Syrian Electronic Army has denied media reports that two of its members have been 'outed'. The men were named after people affiliated to Anonynous accessed a large dump of material from a pro-Assad source, but SEA spokespeople say they are merely contacts, not members of the group."
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Syrian Electronic Army Denies Anonymous Exposed Its Members

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  • I would be really happy if a cruise missile blew up SEA headquarters, if they have one. Or their mothers' basements if not.

    • by fnj (64210)

      What the fuck?

      • I'm just sick of seeing their astroturf comments underneath Reuters articles. They would have been shitty enough without their help. That and they're also providing propaganda for a mass-murderous despot...

    • by Anonymous Coward

      Yes they suck and Assad is awful but the "rebels" aren't exactly 'nice guys" either. Its just sort of picking who gets to kill the Syrian people next while the west (and we) get the blame for "letting it happen" or even supplying the weapons. Kind of sucks.
      So yes they are a*holes supporting a murderer but in their defense this murderer is probably protecting their families and they don't really have a choice.
      I suggest developing some empathy.

      • Empathy for a mass-murderer? I think not. If he wanted to protect his families he could fly them out of there, or at worst, set up a defended compound.

        Are the majority of the rebels really Islamic extremists or are they just a few unfortunate hangers-on?

        • by AHuxley (892839)
          A defended compound will hold out an invading, foreign, very well funded mercenary army?
          The region tried that and then faced the hundreds of locals at your door issue.
          How long will your guards last? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ehden_massacre [wikipedia.org]
          The locals faced a history of slave raids and heavy taxes. Then the French.
          As a minority in a region with huge issues and a well funded majority.... best to keep up with military service and win as a country under secularism.
        • by unixisc (2429386)

          Empathy for a mass-murderer? I think not. If he wanted to protect his families he could fly them out of there, or at worst, set up a defended compound.

          Fly how many people out of there? Syria is 60% Shi'ite according to Wiki, and in a population of 22M, that would mean flying out around 9M people. Where do they fly them - Dearbornistan? If you disbelieve that, just look at all the reports of massacres of non-Sunnis since this civil war started, as well as those of Christians fleeing to Lebanon and abroad.

          Are the majority of the rebels really Islamic extremists or are they just a few unfortunate hangers-on?

          The majority. Backed by Syria's Muslim Brotherhood, which is closely related to Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood, since Egypt & Syria have been under co

  • by Overzeetop (214511) on Monday September 02, 2013 @01:18PM (#44739971) Journal

    These are not the electronic army members you are looking for...

    (sorry, couldn't resist)

  • And if they were members of the SEA, would the SEA say anything different?
  • The SEA may be evil and a bunch of amateur ankle-biter hackers, but whoever's writing content for them is a scary-smart genius. They know how to attack and exploit the minds of average Americans way better than the SEA could hope to do with computers. It's amazing how brilliantly the content is tailored for its purpose.

    • by asmkm22 (1902712)

      And yet the only thing I got out of it is they know how to deflect the truth by minimizing the importance of the accusation. Which is pretty much a standard human characteristic.

      • Everything they put out is in the form of conspiracy theories which make the US government look untrustworthy, make the rebels look like just a bunch of Islamic terrorists, and hint at some NWO-like conspiracy. Distrust of government, bogeyman of the day, shadowy international elite, the 3 G-spots of the American conspiracy theory receptor. Wham bam slam, thank you ma'am.

        If you deflect the truth in a way that is more conspiratorial in the same manner, it then becomes much harder to bend it back where it bel

  • by terminalhype (971547) on Monday September 02, 2013 @02:14PM (#44740293)
    Don't look Ethel! Their members are exposed!
  • by msobkow (48369) on Monday September 02, 2013 @02:16PM (#44740305) Homepage Journal

    And despite the NSA's budget and breadth of intrusion on private lives, they haven't caught them.

    I'm *so* impressed with their effectiveness.

    The problem is the idiots are searching an ever larger haystack of data for a few needles. The more data they collect, the worse the problem is.

    • by Anonymous Coward

      1. The NSA is not a law enforcement agency. They do not apprehend people.
      2. The SEA is a bunch of Syrians located in Syria.

      • by msobkow (48369)

        They're attacking American websites. Surely that constitutes electronic terrorism and would fall under the NSA's mandate.

        • by tlhIngan (30335)

          They're attacking American websites. Surely that constitutes electronic terrorism and would fall under the NSA's mandate.

          Except said websites were still working fine. What the SEA did was phish the registrar (Melbourne IT) [techcrunch.com] for a password which they then used to change the DNS records of said websites.

          Sites like the NYT et al, all worked if you entered in via their IP address.

          No elaborate website hack, just a DNS social engineering attack.

  • Slashdot needs a category for No Honor Amongst Thieves/Scumbags
  • For all we know, the SEA is an Anonymous-type group where various individuals act independently for a common cause. Maybe none of the members know each other IRL but only through their online handles. If SEA is like @nonymous it could well be a group with a fluid leadership, individuals who step up as leaders for one attack and then just fade away or lie low when the heat gets to them. So exposing SEA's leaders might not amount to much as far as the group is concerned, only to the individual who had the mis

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