Anonymous Hacks Syrian President’s Email with the Password ‘12345’

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad became Anonymous’ latest target after. The hacktivists leaked his email account and revealed his password.

The hackers used relatively simple methods to get access to the Syrian mail servers. Photo: Grotuk/Flickr

President al-Assad’s emails joined the list of 78 account details from staff members posted on Pastebin by Anonymous. The President’s password wasn’t too difficult: “12345”. The string of consecutive numbers is the second-weakest password according to a 2011 study, says Mashable.

Not far time ago, a United Nations Security Council resolution urged President Assad to hand over some of his authority to defuse the situation.

The U.S. agreed with the move, but Russia and China vetoed it, further complicating the matter. Russia’s foreign minister, Sergey V. Lavrov, reportedly visited Syria’s top leaders in Damascus on Tuesday.

Israeli newspaper Haaretz published one email that contains documents needed to prepare the Syrian leader for his December 2011 interview with Barbara Walters. In his letter the President assured the Syrian government was not killing its people.

“We don’t kill our people,” Assad said. “No government in the world kills its people, unless it’s led by a crazy person.”

In the leaked email, Syrian spokesperson at the U.N. Sheherazad Jaafari told Shabaan and Luna Chebel, a former Al Jazeera reporter and current Assad staffer, the ways the Syrian President should manipulate Americans:

“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.’

“It’s worth mentioning also what is happening now in Wall Street and the way the demonstrations are been suppressed by policemen, police dogs and beatings.”

Jaafari added: “The major points and dimensions that have been mentioned a lot in the American media are: The idea of violence has been one of the major subjects brought up in every article.”

“They use the phrases ‘The Syrian government is killing its own people,’ ‘Tanks have been used in many cities,’ ‘Airplanes have been used to suppress the peaceful demonstrations,’ and ‘Security forces are criminals and bloody.’”

By the way, Anonymous initially aimed to hack a few Syrian government Web sites with distributed denial of service attacks, but later changed its plans. Crippling the Internet in the region could have side effects, Anonymous said.

“Asking all #Anonymous to refrain from DDoSing Syrian IP’s as they have minimal bandwidth thus preventing them from reporting out to us #KTHX,” the @YourAnonNews feed tweeted.

“We NEED direct action. Call ambassadors and consuls. Protest outside embassies. Make Syria an issue that politicians MUST confront. BE HEARD.”

“Taking a site down momentarily in an already oppressive regime = unhelpful,” Anonymous said.

The Anonymous activists group has also been focusing on American efforts. On Friday, they published some emails from the legal team representing Frank Wuterich, the staff sergeant who led an assault on the Iraqi city of Haditha that left 24 unarmed civilians dead, says PC Mag.

Moreover, today Symantec confirmed that its source code was released on The Pirate Bay and possibly other channels. It has become the next Anonymous’s step after the group revealed that Symantec offered $50,000 to a hacker to prevent publication of the code.

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