U.S. Army Shuts Website After Hacking Incident, Service Says

The U.S. Army temporarily shut down its public, unclassified website after it was hacked, the service said. A group calling itself the Syrian Electronic Army claimed credit for the intrusion in a posting on its Twitter account.

“Your commanders admit they are training the people they have sent you to die fighting,” the group said in a message on its Twitter feed that it claimed to have posted on the Army website before it was shut down.

The hacking group, which surfaced after the outbreak of the Syrian civil war, is said to back the regime of President Bashar al-Assad. It’s been blamed for past attacks on the Washington Post and the Associated Press Twitter feed, where in 2013 the group posted a false report claiming the White House had been attacked that briefly sent the Dow Jones Industrial Average down about 150 points.

“Today an element of the service provider’s content was compromised,” Brigadier General Malcolm Frost, an Army spokesman, said in an e-mailed statement. “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 website was down as of 4:15 p.m. Washington time on Monday. The hacking was reported earlier by Fox News.

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