Hacked Israeli Military Twitter Account Declared ‘Nuclear Leak’

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July 7, 2014, 9:42 a.m.

An Is­raeli mil­it­ary Twit­ter ac­count was hacked on Thursday and an er­ro­neous post was pub­lished an­noun­cing a rock­et strike on the coun­try’s Di­mona re­act­or.

An uniden­ti­fied Is­raeli De­fense Forces spokes­wo­man told Re­u­ters on Fri­day that “sev­er­al in­cor­rect tweets” were be­ing probed by Is­raeli of­fi­cials.

The Eng­lish-lan­guage Twit­ter ac­count of @ID­F­Spokes­per­son was tem­por­ally down on Fri­day, but was again post­ing new up­dates of mil­it­ary ac­tions on Monday.

Though the bogus Twit­ter post an­noun­cing a pos­sible ra­di­ation cata­strophe at Di­mona was erased, oth­er news web­sites took pho­tos of the tweet be­fore it was de­leted. It reads: “#Warn­ing: Pos­sible nuc­le­ar leak in the re­gion after 2 rock­ets hit Di­mona nuc­le­ar fa­cil­ity.”

Loc­ated, in the Negev Desert, Is­rael’s Di­mona nuc­le­ar site is as­sumed to have played a crit­ic­al role in the coun­try’s de­vel­op­ment of nuc­le­ar weapons. The Is­raeli gov­ern­ment neither con­firms nor denies that it pos­sesses such arms.

A Thursday Twit­ter post from @ID­F­Spokes­per­son states: “We apo­lo­gize for the in­cor­rect tweets Our twit­ter ac­count was com­prom­ised. We will com­bat ter­ror on all fronts in­clud­ing the cy­ber di­men­sion.”

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