The Syrian Electronic Army rose to notoriety throughout 2013 after hacking a number of high-profile Twitter accounts and websites, including those of The New York Times, the Associated Press, and the Guardian. Though the group claims to be hacking in support of Syrias Assad regime, its hacks often range from oddly juvenile announcements (Exclusive! Justin Bieber to E! online: I’m a gay) to basic vandalism (Syrian Electronic Army Was Here), with the group only occasionally acting in a more seriously disruptive way or obviously in support of Assad. In other instances, it hacked Viber and Tango — two chat apps used by rebels in and around Syria — and claimed it would hand their databases of phone numbers over to the Syrian government.