Anonymous hackers posted a message on the Syrian Defense Ministry’s Web site. (AP)

The AnonymousIRC Twitter account called attention to the message, which came as violence escalates in the country and the government cracks down on protestors.

The logo of the group appeared on the Web site with a message in Arabic and the following message in English, :

To the Syrian people: The world stands with you against the brutal regime of Bashar Al-Assad. Know that time and history are on your side — tyrants use violence because they have nothing else, and the more violent they are, the more fragile they become. We salute your determination to be non-violent in the face of the regime’s brutality, and admire your willingness to pursue justice, not mere revenge. All tyrants will fall, and thanks to your bravery Bashar Al-Assad is next.

To the Syrian military: You are responsible for protecting the Syrian people, and anyone who orders you to kill women, children, and the elderly deserves to be tried for treason. No outside enemy could do as much damage to Syria as Bashar Al-Assad has done. Defend your country — rise up against the regime! — Anonymous.

The hacktivist group has previously said it would target Syria. The site was inaccessible at time of writing.

The group has also reportedly taken another go at police departments in the U.S. as well. The Associated Press reported that the group has also hit rural police departments in the U.S., with Anonymous saying that it had stolen 10 GB of data from the police departments in Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri and Mississippi.

Law enforcement officials have been cracking down on members of the group and the associated hacker group LulzSec in recent weeks, making several arrests in connection with cyberattacks carried out in the U.S. and the U.K.

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