Syrian Computer Society

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The Syrian Computer Society is an organization in Syria. It was founded by Bassel al-Assad in 1989, and was subsequently headed by his brother Bashar al-Assad,[1] who would later become the President of Syria. It acts as Syria's domain name registration authority and has been reported to be closely associated with the Syrian state.[2]

In May 2013, 700 domains registered by Syrians, mostly hosted at servers with IP addresses assigned to the Syrian Computer Society,[3] were reported to have been seized by the U.S. DNS infrastructure operator Network Solutions.[2] The domain names became registered to "OFAC Holding", believed to be a reference to the U.S. federal government's Office of Foreign Assets Control.[3]

Some members of the Syrian Computer Society belonged to the first group of supporters of the Syrian Electronic Army.[4]


  1. ^ Alterman, Jon B. (1998). "New Media New Politics?" (PDF). The Washington Institute. 48. Retrieved 7 April 2013.
  2. ^ a b Sean Gallagher (May 8, 2013). "Network Solutions seizes over 700 domains registered to Syrians". Ars Technica. Retrieved 2013-05-09.
  3. ^ a b "Trade Sanctions Cited in Hundreds of Syrian Domain Seizures". Krebs on Security. 8 May 2013. Retrieved 2013-05-09.
  4. ^ "Hunting for Syrian Hackers' Chain of Command". The New York Times. 17 May 2013. Retrieved 2016-10-18.

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