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US Army’s website hacked

03:27 PM | 9 Jun, 2015
US Army’s website hacked
Washington (APP) - The US Army´s official website was hacked with messages denouncing Washington´s training of rebel fighters inside Syria, but no data was stolen, officials said on Monday.

As a result of the hacking, the Army decided to temporarily shut down the website, which is designed for the general public with basic information and does not contain classified or personal data, officials said.

"Your commanders admit they are training the people they have sent you to die fighting," said one of the messages.

The so-called "Syrian Electronic Army" took credit for the cyber hack, and posted the messages on its Twitter account. The group has been blamed for previous hacking and denial of service attacks that have condemned rebel forces fighting the Syrian regime.

"Today an element of the Army.mil service provider´s content was compromised," army spokesman Brigadier General Malcolm Frost said in a statement.

"After this came to our attention, the Army took appropriate preventive measures to ensure there was no breach of Army data by taking down the website temporarily," Frost said.

The pro-Syrian regime group has been linked to the hacking of numerous news media sites in recent years, including the Twitter account of AFP´s photo service.

It created confusion in the stock market briefly in 2013 when it put out a fake media tweet falsely claiming the White House was under attack.

Officials said it was possibly the first time a US military website had been penetrated, as previous hacking had targeted Twitter accounts.

The social media accounts of US Central Command, which oversees American forces in the Middle East, were hacked in January with messages promoting the Islamic State group. Central Command´s Twitter and YouTube accounts were temporarily suspended as a result but no sensitive data was compromised.

US officials had called the assault on the CENTCOM Twitter cyber "vandalism."

The hack on the Army´s website came days after a cyber assault may have compromised the personal information of four million US government workers.

US officials and lawmakers said they suspected China was behind the breach.

The author is working as Editor Digital Media for Daily Pakistan and can be reached @ItsSarfrazAli.

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Pakistani rupee exchange rate against US dollar, Euro, Pound and Riyal - 20 Feb 2024

Pakistani currency remained largely stable against US dollar and other currencies in the open market on February 20, 2024 (Tuesday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.05 for buying and 282.1 for selling.

On Tuesday, Euro stands at 301 for buying and 304 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 352.4 for buying, and 355.4 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.55 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.2.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 20 Feb 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.05 282.1
Euro EUR 301 304
UK Pound Sterling GBP 352.4 355.4
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.55 77.25
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.2 75
Australian Dollar AUD 180 182
Bahrain Dinar BHD 743.12 751.12
Canadian Dollar CAD 206.5 208.5
China Yuan CNY 38.84 39.24
Danish Krone DKK 40.24 40.64
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.74 36.09
Indian Rupee INR 3.48 3.59
Japanese Yen JPY 2.10 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 906.33 915.33
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.6 59.2
New Zealand Dollar NZD 170.1 172.1
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.43 26.73
Omani Riyal OMR 725.75 733.75
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.76 77.46
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 207
Swedish Korona SEK 26.85 27.15
Swiss Franc CHF 315.64 318.14
Thai Bhat THB 7.93 8.08

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