US Army hacked as Gaza protest

Today the anti-Israeli hackers for the first time brought their Cyber Propaganda War to Washington DC in the form of their attack against the United States Army’s Military District of Washington website, www.mdw.army.mil

The defaced website can still be seen via Google’s cache:





What is MDW?

MDW encompasses Fort Myer, Fort McNair, Fort Belvoir, Fort A.P. Hill, Fort Meade, Fort Holabird, Fort Ritchie, 12th Aviation Battalion at Davison Army Airfield, and Arlington National Cemetery.Mission is to respond to crisis, disaster, or security requirements in the National Capital Region (NCR), provide base operations support for Army and DoD organizations throughout the NCR, conduct official ceremonies, locally and worldwide, on behalf on the nation’s civilian and military leaders.

According to Zone-H, websites that were hit by the group included:

soa.mdw.army.mil
mdw.army.mil
mdwweb.mdw.army.mil

They also hit the Italian UNICEF website, and the website www.nato-pa.int, the NATO Parliamentary Assembly website in Brussels, Belgium.

In recent months the group also defaced websites belonging to anti-virus vendors Eset and Nod32, as well as Microsoft’s websites in Canada, Ireland, and China; Mercedes Benz, Subaru, Mitsubishi, Fiat, Aston Martin, and Shell; Harvard University, Goodyear, the NBA, and other high profile targets.

Although the group is now calling themselves “Peace Crew”, the same membership was calling itself “Terrorist Crew” as recently as December.

In addition to the army.mil sites above, Agd_Scorp also defaced the website www.jfhqncr.northcom.mil. On a Turkish language website, the attack is claimed to be an SQL Injection attack against an ASP page on a Microsoft IIS 6.0 webserver.

This is the “Joint Force Headquarters, National Capital Region, of the Northern Command. Prior to the website being taken offline as a result of the hacking, the page read like this:

On Sept. 11, 2001 no one believed the National Capital Region would be a target for those who wish to do us harm. As a nation, we found that to be false. In direct response to the events of that fateful day, JFHQ-NCR was established as the responsible headquarters for land-based homeland defense, defense support to civil authorities and incident management in the national capital region. We have unique skills and are prepared to defend people, territory, critical infrastructures and sovereignty in a supporting role to a lead federal agency.

On a 24/7 basis JFHQ-NCR monitors security requirements; coordinating with the military services, the Department of Homeland Security and local first responders in identifying capabilities the military can provide in case of an emergency or National Special Security Event (NSSE). Once an event is designated, the command becomes a Joint Task Force-National Capital Region (JTF-NCR). JTF-NCR then directs military assistance to federal and civil authorities in safeguarding the nation’s capital.

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