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Anonymous hacks Syrian Ministry of Defence website

Online activist group Anonymous has taken over the website for the Syrian Ministry of Defence.

The website shows the Anonymous' logo in the middle of the Syrian flag. A message to the Syrian people in English and in Arabic reads:

"To the Syrian people: The world stands with you against the brutal regime of Bashar Al-Assad. Know that time and history are on your side - tyrants use violence because they have nothing else, and the more violent they are, the more fragile they become.

"We salute your determination to be non-violent in the face of the regime’s brutality, and admire your willingness to pursue justice, not mere revenge. All tyrants will fall, and thanks to your bravery Bashar Al-Assad is next.

"To the Syrian military: You are responsible for protecting the Syrian people, and anyone who orders you to kill women, children, and the elderly deserves to be tried for treason. No outside enemy could do as much damage to Syria as Bashar Al-Assad has done. Defend your country - rise up against the regime!"

At the top of the website are links to videos illustrating the unrest in the country.

There is also links to protest group websites, Twitter profiles and Facebook pages campaigning against the actions of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and the military.

Last week Anonymous said it has hacked into about 70 mostly rural law enforcement websites in the US. The group said it had stolen 10 gigabytes worth of data in retaliation for the arrests of its sympathisers in the UK and United States.

In the past the collective temporarily shut down PayPal, MasterCard and Visa, after they froze Wikileaks accounts. Anonymous rose to fame with a series of attacks on websites linked to the Church of Scientology.

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