Along with a picture of Syrian president, Bashar al-Assad, the hacked home page showed a message saying the “Syrian Electronic Army Were Here”.
A further message made terror threats against the United States and criticised its opposition to the Assad regime.
Harvard said this has been the work of a “sophisticated individual or group”.
“The university’s homepage was compromised by an outside party this morning. We took down the site for several hours in order to restore it. The attack appears to have been the work of a sophisticated individual or group,” said a Harvard spokesman.
Has everyone got that now? This is the work of a “sophisticated individual or group”. Harvard seem to be keen to make this point. They are hardly likely to say their precious website has been mutilated by a backroom dropout with limited intelligence. That would be bad form old chap. A prestigious institution can only be attacked by prestigious cyber assailants.
The website was hacked on Monday morning by what appeared to be sympathisers of President Assad of Syria, with a picture of the president in military uniform appearing in front of a Syrian flag.
This was linked to another image of Syrian national colours, with a message accusing the United States of involvement in the uprisings against President Assad.
It told readers: “This site has been breached to spread our message even if illegally.”
The message, claimed on this webpage as coming from the Syrian Cyber Army, accused the United States of supporting a “policy of killing” in Syria.
In fragmented English, it also carried a threat of violent attack.
“Do you support the war on Syria? If you are you, as well as the following Syria’s population of 23 million people. This means 23 million mobile bomb. Imagine what we could do.”
Yes we can imagine – but please do it somewhere out of the way – perhaps outer Mongolia?