Report: Assad’s Office Hacked, Password Was ‘12345’


Israeli newspaper Haaretz on Tuesday reported that Anonymous hacked the office of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and dumped hundreds of emails online, including damning prep notes for Assad’s December 2011 ABC News interview with Barbara Walters, in which a press officer encouraged bringing up America’s police response to the “Occupy Wall Street” protests as well as America’s “policy to torture people,” as counter-examples against allegations of Syrian regime-ordered killings.

Seventy eight inboxes of Assad staffers were compromised, according to the newspaper, including several that used the password “12345,” one of the most-common but obviously least secure passwords possible.

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