Syria's Digital Conflict
As the United States determines its response to the escalating conflict in Syria, cyberspace is playing a larger role than it has in the past. The Pentagon is bracing for more attacks by the Syrian Electronic Army, a hacktivist group backing the Syrian government. And a U.S. response may very well involve cyber offenses, as well.
October 28 Pro-regime hackers say the U.S. president's terrorism capabilities 'are quite high.'
October 23 Experts gauge the damage the group could cause.
September 3 Software protects against phishing scams.
September 3 Pro-regime hacktivists apparently redirected visitors to a letter urging troops not to strike.
August 30 U.S. intel report relies heavily on messages from the public and on videos to overcome America's credibility problem.
August 28 Unlike previous attacks by the SEA, it seems more likely that this time, the SEA didn’t manage to filch passwords from anyone within the Times itself.
July 2 A new service provides an alert system for SCUDs fired by the Syrian government. Assad is already trying to take it down.
June 14 Broadcasting Board of Governors showcases tech to bypass foreign censors.
May 15 For the second time in as many weeks, the Internet usage in Syria disappeared mysteriously.
May 13 ‘Bioscavenger’ agent won’t be fielded for six years.
May 8 The Commotion project also kept some Brooklynites online during Hurricane Sandy when larger Internet providers were overloaded.
April 23 Human error is often at fault for these events.
March 19 Opposition forces and the Syrian regime agree that there was an attack in the dangerous Aleppo province involving chemical weapons.
March 1 Qatar Foundation’s Facebook and Twitter accounts are the newest frontier for the conflict.
February 26 The account is an odd choice for a hack, since the account has about 3,600 followers.
February 6 Four other Patriot batteries supplied by the Netherlands and Germany are already operating under NATO command and control in the nation's southwest.
January 23 Reports suggest the Assad regime has already crossed Obama's "red line," an offense offensive enough to spur a U.S. military intervention.
January 15 Experts have suggested the Bashar Assad regime might have amassed up to 50 metric tons of the substance.
December 28, 2012 Get ready for another turbulent year.
December 17, 2012 The Pentagon has drafted up several plans for how to deal with different scenarios involving the weapons.