The Israel Defense Forces confirmed to the Jerusalem Post early Friday morning that its social networking account was hacked Thursday night and that false tweets were implanted on the site. One tweet read: “Possible nuclear leak in the region after 2 rockets hit Dimona nuclear facility.”
Once the IDF noticed the tweet, the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit removed it immediately.
Earlier Thursday, terrorists from Gaza fired roughly forty rockets into Israel, but none hit the Dimona nuclear research facility.
Following the false tweet, the IDF tweeted an apology to those who might have been unnerved. Their tweet read: “We apologize for the incorrect tweets. Our twitter account was compromised. We will combat terror on all fronts including the cyber dimension.”
The Syrian Electronic Army, which is a pro-Bashar Hafez al-Assad computer hackers’ group, claimed it was responsible for the false tweet. The group posted its claim on its own website along with the false tweet that had been implanted. Another tweet on their website read, “The whole ‘Israeli army’ propaganda was hacked by the Syrian Electronic Army.”