Anonymous, the hacktivist organization has spoken out against Syrian president Bashar al-Assad's violent military campaign against his own people, but the Middle East dictator pushed the online army to far when he shut down his country's internet (more on that here).
Anonymous hackers responded with a two pronged attack, leaking President Assad's personal emails while claiming to have shut down "all official Syrian websites," according to a tweet from @Anon_Support.
Another Anonymous Twitter account, @AnonOpsLegion, supported the claim of successful hacktivism, writing, "Syrian's Internet is down all Official Syrian websites ARE dancing in a deep #tangodown Gov.sy links are down #OPSyria #Syria #Anonymous."
A quick Google search for gov.sy brought up links to several national Syrian websites, inlcuding the Ministry of Information (http://www.moi.gov.sy/en/) and Central Bank of Syria (www.banquecentrale.gov.sy/). Both sites appeared down. However, when Anonymous hacks a website they often leave behind a message of their own. I'm not sure why that isn't the case here, or what that means.
At the same time, Anonymous hackers have released a personal email belonging to President Assad detailing his preparations for an interview with Barbara Walters on ABC from earlier in 2012. The email was posted on Scribd. It details how Assad planned to respond to questions regarding Violence, Bloodshed, Torture Policy, Facebook and YouTube, and "Civil War in both Syrian and neighboring countries."
Here's a passage from the hacked email reminding Assad to note that he's made mistakes:
It is hugely important and worth mentioning that "mistakes" have been done in the beginning of the crises because we did not have a well-organized "police force." American Psyche can be easily manipulated when they hear that there are "mistakes" done and now we are "ﬁxing it". Its worth mentioning also what is happening now in Wall Street and the way the demonstrations are been suppressed by police men, police dogs and beatings.
Read the full hacked email here.