Is the Syrian Electronic Army based in Syria? After Syria reestablished its Internet connection last week -- following a blackout that lasted approximately 24 hours -- security experts wondered when the hackers might resume their attacks.
With that question floating around the Internet, the group responded: "But wait ... we are in Dubai!" read a tweet from the @Official_SEA12 Twitter account.
The Dubai quip was made in response to the aforementioned Guardian report last month that "according to defectors from inside its ranks, the group moved last year from Damascus to a secret base in Dubai."
The group's members later clarified that they were in Syria, and had been affected by the Internet outage. "Unfortunately it is true, though mobile phones worked intermittently due to a large number of Syrians using them as an alternate form of communication," said the Shadow. "These kinds of cuts do not affect the terrorists operating in Syria as they have their own US-supplied communication equipment. The blackout effectively shut down our operations, we are glad to be back."
Ditto, no doubt, for an eight-hour blackout that -- according to data provided by Arbor Networks -- began at about 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time on May 15, and lasted until just after 4 p.m. The cause of the blackout isn't known, although Internet monitoring firms suspect last week's blackout was due to the civil-war-torn country's weak infrastructure.
Zones of control in Syria courtesy of Wikipedia.