The online war for Syria A year and…

The online war for Syria

A year and three months after protests began in Syria, a conflict the UN has begun to call civil war rages on. While streets in Homs and Damascus have turned into battlefields, the online war for Syria continues: it is both a war of words and one of dirty tricks, waged by supporters and opponents of the regime — Syrian and non-Syrian alike — and possibly the regime itself.

A little more than a year ago, the Syrian Electronic Army (SEA) — a loosely-knit band of hackers — emerged, quickly gaining the support of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad who, in a speech, called the SEA a “virtual army in cyberspace.” The “army” has continued its activities, hacking websites and spamming Facebook pages in an effort to win the information war.

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