Hacker collective Anonymous has a reputation for targeting authoritarian regimes, and the government crackdown in Syria has led the group to begin hammering away. Anonymous has just released a cache of emails from the mail servers used by Syria's Ministry of Presidential Affairs. The correspondence contain plenty of dirty little secrets, but Anonymous also happily exposed dozens of terrible passwords.
As peaceful protests continue in Syria, the regime of president Bashar al-Assad had what must have seemed like a bright idea in the heat of the moment. As of today, Syria has banned the iPhone from the nation. Customs inspectors in the country will no longer allow shipments of the device in, and current users are strongly encouraged to stop using the iPhone. Take that, democracy.
How do you silence the voice of protestors when they just won't pipe down? If you're a heavy-handed Middle Eastern government, you cut the cord on the Internet. Egypt pulled the plug on the Web during its recent revolution; today, Syria found itself plunged into an information black hole as the government shut down the Internet prior to taking an aggressive response to anti-government protestors.