Syrian government, opposition exchange shots in cyberspace

Both sides in the Syrian civil war are hacking in cyberspace as a way to spread disinformation about the stability of the other side, reports Reuters.

Hackers recently forced their way into Reuters twitter feed to spread rumors of an impending rebel collapse in the key city of Aleppo, the story said. Hackers also spread rumors through an online account purporting to be a Russian diplomat announcing the death in Damascus of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Even as it continues to spread rumors via cyberspace of the setbacks for the rebels, the Assad government has had considerable trouble protecting its cyber assets. Hacker group Anonymous claimed credit for stealing thousands of internal Syrian government e-mails, including personal communications between Assad and his wife. The entire block of electronic correspondence was later published online by Wikileaks, the story said.



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