Army spokesman Brigadier General Malcolm Frost announced Monday that the US Army website had been hacked and they had temporarily taken it offline to ensure there would be no breach of data.
The Syrian Electronic Army has claimed credit for the attack.
Screen grabs posted on social media showed messages on the website. One of them read:
“Your commanders admit they are training the people they have sent you to die fighting.”
This news comes just three days after the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) announced it had suffered a cyber attack, which is believed to have affected millions of government workers.
President Obama has already acknowledged that the nation and economy face enormous threats from such attacks.
Regularly test your network and web applications
Organizations are strongly recommended to test their network and web applications regularly to identify vulnerabilities and fix them before hackers exploit them. While it’s not always possible to do this yourself, there are penetration testing services available to do this for you.
Penetration testing involves simulating a malicious attack on an organization’s information security arrangements, often using a combination of methods and tools. It has to be conducted by a certified ethical professional tester (such as CREST-qualified staff), and the findings will provide you with information about security measures your organization can improve.
As a CREST member company, we’ve been verified by an independent body attesting that our work will be carried out to a high standard by qualified and knowledgeable individuals. Our Web Application Penetration Test combines a number of advanced manual tests with automated vulnerability scans to ensure every corner of your web applications are tested.
The Web Application Penetration Test includes:
- Carefully scoping your testing environment
- Performing a range of manual and automated tests
- Providing a detailed report that explains the vulnerabilities found and recommending measures to address them
- Delivering an executive summary that is perfect for your management team